Plush Animals Features
** Plush Opossum
** Finger Puppet
** White Face, Pink Tail and Paws, Gray Body
** Made by Folkmanis
** 7 inch
When folks think of marsupials, they probably imagine kangaroos – those tall, uniquely Australian beasts hopping their way across the expanse of the Outback. But you can’t forget the Opossum. And despite what you might think, the first O isn’t silent. But possums are real animals. Lots of people in the States confuse opossums and possums, but the latter actually hails from Australia while the former lives in the Western hemisphere. You can recognize the opossum by his long snout, small size (the largest is a little bit bigger than an average house cat).
Best of all, did you know that opossums can ‘play dead’? This isn’t a conscious action when threats appear. They don’t say to themselves, “Oh, time to be a corpse!” then flop over and crap themselves like every other self-respecting recently dead thing does. No, much like narcoleptic wiener dogs (we love you Rusty) and fainting goats, playing possum is entirely involuntary. They keel over and excrete a foul scent from their anal glands, while foaming at the mouth. Hopefully the predator or threat will just wander off, but if they were so inclined, they could pick the opossum up and wander off with it. Imagine if you were an opie and you woke up after playing dead in a strange place “Oh god, where am I? Where’s my cell, gotta call my folks….damn!” Unnerving to say the least. But the tactic has served them well so far.
As for Folkmanis, they bring the furry charm of the opossum to life, so you can have wacky adventures all day long. At 7 inches long, he’s just the right size for pint-sized parties.