All Hallows' Ev (October lunch drawings for our son, Ev) continues with Pinzón's (the shipmate of Columbus who provided Europe with a wildly inaccurate description of the...) Opossum! Fox with the ears of an owl, hindquarters of a monkey, and feet of a man! #inktober2017#inktober#halloween#cryptids#opossums
A tale of two #opossums -#aboveandbelow - Caught the one in the trap in our attic and released it in a nearby park by the river and this #dog is quite proud of himself after cornering a second in the mostly inaccessible corner under our house and barking incessantly at it. Not sure if he stopped because he got tired, my son was able to find the right command to get his attention, the dog whistle finally broke his focus, or the possum was dead or playing #possum - #nature#dogsofinstagram#playingpossum#seriousbusiness
Yay Opossums! First mammal of the book!! I did not know these guys were mostly immune to rabies, or venom. Fun facts 👍🏼I'll be adding on some extra information I'll look up for the animals since there descriptions in the book are so short. Wanted to write more; I suppose I could, and I really want to, but I got a lot of animals to go through! Ha. One takes long enough to do, mostly from the art that's time consuming. #opossums#possums#wildlife#wildlifestudy#nature#wildlifeart#opossumart#animalfacts#art#watercolors
Last night while at Joseph's, we were out on the deck, and Kaeli was sitting in a chair with her back to a huge tree that's up next to the deck, and behind that tree is the black abyss. Then I was sitting across from her in a big wooden chair. And Joseph was standing to the left of me. And we're kinda talking and I look up and see this thing behind kaeli and it's huge and coming down the tree right behind her and I couldn't even process it for like 3 long seconds and then I just point and go "Kaeli.....there's..." and her eyes got so big, and she was slowly turning around and I go "a opossum right behind you" and it was huge yall like freakin big and it was seriously only a foot behind her head, comin for her lap I guess. And she got up and Joseph just stared and then started laughing so loud because it was the most randomly amusing thing.
Also Joseph tried to chase it up the tree and then we all tried to go find it in the darkness to no avail. @kaeli.kbob
I'll try to keep this short but I started a campaign to try to raise funds for renovation of my barn for opossums. I was hesitant to do this because I am a little prideful at times but I simply cannot do this on my own. I only have so much room inside my home and I would love for my nonreleasables to be able to live outside in a secure, safe environment where they can feel the earth beneath their feet and still be "wild". I still have 2 and there are 3 additional opossums that are in need of a home for the rest of their days and I simply do not have the room. If you cannot donate, I would appreciate if you can share my campaign, the link is in my profile. Thank you all ❤
Looks like somebody has been pulling a night shift by my studio. I keep on finding these paw prints. Small hands, with long, sticky fingers. Raccoon or opossum? I am guessing raccoon. They always look like they have dirty secrets.
The truth about Opossums
1. Natural immunity. Opossums are mostly immune to rabies, and in fact, they are eight times less likely to carry rabies compared to wild dogs.
2. Opossums are a natural source of pest control. If you hate snakes you should love opossums. They're actually immune to almost every type of snake venom making them an easy source of food.
3. They seem scary and mean, but in reality they are actually incredibly sweet and smart animals. Those kept as pets or those rescued show incredible amount of affection and intelligence.
So, before you throw rocks at me or call me mean, ugly, diseased, useless, remember you're the one that gave me these horrible reputations. I am different than I seem!
Thanks for reading🌼
It's already October 9th which means our Wildlife Fest 2017 BBQ is just 12 days away! This past year the WERC has taken in orphaned bobcat kittens, a red tailed hawk wrapped in barbed wire and many other animals that were in desperate need of our care. With the work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, we were able to save, rehabilitate, and release many of those animals back into the wild, including one of our bobcat juveniles and a barn owl most recently.
We are only able to continue our work through private donations from the community, hence this fundraiser is an extremely important and helpful event for us: Will you come support us? ❤️ With your ticket purchase you get a meal, dessert, 2 alcoholic beverages of your choice and UNLIMITED non alcoholic beverages. What a bargain right?? There will be some amazing auction items up for grabs! Beautiful artwork of local wildlife, a drone and even a private wine tasting and tour for 6 at a stunningly beautiful local winery! Plus much more! Come meet us and our non-releasable educational ambassadors, like Luna the Great Horned Owl, and see the amazing things your donations and involvement do for our local wildlife like her!
Get your tickets online by October 18th! We hope to see you there!