The particularly peculiar possum!
By Evan Hynes and Possum(s)

Started on: 06/07/10 23:24:42
Medium: Visual

One interaction I had with animals this week was with a possum. I was walking to my dorm and all of a sudden I saw a possum creeping behind this large green tree. At first I didn't notice the possum, but all of a sudden, I heard a rustle and sensed a movement that happened to be only about 5 feet away from me. When I first saw the possum, my initial reaction was fear. I was so scared that I jumped, and I could feel my heart rate going up. After I got over my initial fear of the raccoon, I crouched down and just stared at it for a while. The possum stared back at me with some of the most wide eyes I had ever seen. I stared saying thing to it like, "Hello there fella", and "I like you." The possum looked at me and didn't say anything back. So I started sending mental messages to it like, do you understand what I am saying? Can you feel my movements and understand my body language? Then the possum ran away and I never saw it again. I've realized that the possum was probably more scared of me than I was of him. After all, I am a six foot male who is rather large compared to the possum. I've been able to conquer my fear of possums after realizing this fact. Usually, I would be scared of animals because I thought they were ravenous and wild, but now I know most just want to be left alone, and are just as scared of us as we are them at times. I also felt bad for the possum because it was probably kicked out of its natural habit, and had no where else to go but a crowded college campus, filled with students who are probably feeding it and even at times ridiculing it. I felt an emotional connection with the possum, and also a sense of gratitude that I had a stable home, and didn't have to wonder about the scary world all alone. Now I know that these animals are misunderstood, and now when I see a possum around campus, I keep my cool, and realize they are harmless creatures who are just in need of a loving home.
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