Hi! It's me, Sesame!
I am a Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana). Ever since I journeyed up into the clouds to watch over everyone (after a long, fabulous life on land), my fellow rescue friends carry on my legacy of opossum education and love.
Opossums are the only marsupials native to the United States. We also have a lot of great characteristics:
We're naturally immune to snake venom;
We are more resistant to rabies than other mammals, thanks to our low body temperature;
We've survived relatively unchanged for millions of years;
And we have great smiles.
This site channels my Facebook and Instagram posts to show what cuties opossums are,
and includes some fun opossum merchandise you can have for your very own!
I also keep a Treat Fund, which I use to help other animals (mostly opossums, but other animals are welcomed, too). I call it my Treat Fund because I love treats, but really I use it to help other animals with rescue, transport, or any other wellness-related needs. If you would like to be considered for help from Sesame's Treat Fund please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you'd like to donate,
Vegans, travel, entertainment, art, spring rolls, Oreo cookies, penguins, and inspirational quotes.
I even have a book about my adventures with illustrations and facts about opossums (I use artistic license in my book, but you'll learn a lot about opossums!!!).
If you have a backyard opossum, they'll be happy if you leave out some grapes, fresh water, a bowl of soymilk (the calcium is good for them!), and maybe even a little box with warm bedding for the winter.
If you see an opossum who needs assistance, contact a wildlife rehab center near you--Animal Help Now is a wonderful website (and a free mobile app!) that will show you your local wildlife rescue resources. Visit the website at https://ahnow.org.
They'll help you with what steps to take next!
Opossums are not good to keep as pets—they can get very sick and die if not fed the exact right diet. Moreover, they are wild animals who deserve all the beauty and exercise being wild has to offer. Visit the wonderful Opossum Society of the United States for more on that subject!!
If you want to say hello, or have a question, concern, or story to tell me, email me at email@example.com!
I brought my iPad to heaven, so I'll be in touch, and my rescue friends update regularly with their adventures too!
Love Forever, Sesame