“Gotta admit, that’s one ugly cat, ” says a comment on a r/ aww thread about an unique lodger who has taken up residence in someone’s aunt’s garage: an opossum. Hank, as he’s affectionately announced, may not have the charm of the puppies and kitties that even off most of the posts on the subreddit for all things cute, but the story’s wholesomeness has Redditors talking about why we should be appreciative for opossums, which are often casually called possums in North America.
A Reddit user from Louisiana says that the age-old, grumpy-looking animal has been a frequent visitor at their aunt’s house for a couple of years. With wintertime approaching, he began sleeping in the garage, so she demo him some good old-time Southern hospitality and put under a covering and snacks for him. Though Hank certainly isn’t a pet, he seems to have come to an understanding that her garage is a safe haven for him.
Hank is a big hit on r/ aww
Opossums only live for 2-3 years, so Hank may not be around for long, but the Louisiana resident is happy to let him waste his old age somewhere where he’ll be safe from piranhas. And, as commenters point out, leaving opossums to do their thing is a great way to keep ticks and other dangerous pests under control. If you’re wondering how they catch so many clicks, it is about to change that they just groom themselves perpetually, so any ticking that tracts on them becomes a snack. Wildlife experts say that opossums cleaning process glitches, garden-variety pests such as bullets, and rotting fruit, and even hunt poisonous snakes. After doing such good work for his community, Hank deserves a comfy retirement, don’t you think?
Scroll down for some cute opossum pics and information about why these misunderstood animals induce great neighbors and you shouldn’t bother them if you appreciate them in your neighborhood!
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