#5 – Mother And Child

Photo taken: July 26, 2015

The Mecca I work at is located on the outskirts of town, which means we’re no stranger to getting visits from critters of all kinds… especially on the night crew.  When one of my co-workers spotted a baby possum sitting on a railing on our outdoor patio one night, I felt compelled to rush home at lunch hour and get my camera… which was just in time to catch Mama dropping by to pick her spawn up.  The entire story and photo set can be found in this post, but this was the one photo that turned out to be pure gold.  How often do you get to see a mother possum lugging around her child on her back, let alone get a photo of them where both critters are looking right at the camera?  I don’t care how ugly people think possums are… I think they’re adorable, and these this family portrait is rightfully one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken!

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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20 Responses to #5 – Mother And Child

  1. oh is that a baby photo of Buster? froma time many moons ahgo as he wasn’t dead every day ?

  2. Oh I love that photo……possums are adorable. We see them frequently but rarely with a “young-un” on board!

    Pam

  3. They do have adorable faces…and those tiny little fingers! Oh the mischief those can get into. 😊

  4. That baby possum is absolutely adorable! I’m a little intimidated by mom though, aren’t possums supposed to be nasty when cornered?

    • Possums do get pretty nasty if they think they’re in trouble, particularly mothers, and it was definitely in my mind when I stood there and took all the pictures. I had the benefit of already being in place when Mama showed up, and stayed very still other than swiveling to change the camera angle. I guess she didn’t view me as a threat… even with that bright flash going off every few seconds!

  5. They are not ugly, they are cute!!! This is a once in a lifetime photo.

  6. draliman says:

    I remember that photo. You know how I feel about opossums but I suppose I’ll admit that, in this one photo, they’re almost cute!

  7. I love opossums! We have a few that visit our bird feeders at night, but I’ve never gotten a mom and babies shot. Sweet!

    • Outside of my cats when they were kittens, I’m pretty sure that’s my only baby animal picture. I’ve run across a few young squirrels, but by the time they leave the nest, they aren’t much smaller than the adult ones. Having the mom’s face next to the baby’s makes it so much more adorable…

  8. Trisha says:

    The baby is adorable and the mom is pretty cute too! We used to have possums visit pretty frequently but they never brought their babies the way the raccoons did and the squirrels do. I didn’t realize how cute the babies were until I saw your photos of them!

    • This mama had two babies, because we saw them first. Mom didn’t show up until I’d come back with my camera, and I don’t know where the other little one was… but that would have been even cooler had both of them hopped on her back!

  9. OMG I remember this one. They are sooooooo adorable. Squeeeeeeeee.

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