Hi Friends and Seedlings!! It's me, Starry! I've made a kickstarter to mass produce the first Opossum Plush with Seedling Babies! We're calling it Starry Surprise. I'm really excited about it, and one of the many reasons it makes me smile is that if it gets fully funded we'll be sending Starry Surprises to wildlife rescue and nature centers around the world. Doing so will help these centers educate kids and adults about the amazing opossum. Awareness and advocacy are a huge part of encouraging humans to be kind to opossums, and these educational plushes (with pouches and educational tags) will be one more step toward creating a more compassionate world for our America's only native marsupial.
Please consider joining and supporting the campaign! We would be very grateful to have you, and we would love to send you one of the many Kickstarter rewards, including but not limited to your own Starry Surprise! In addition to populating educational centers, Starry Surprises will be available to the public at $59 retail. Now is your chance to claim one of the very first and support the initial manufacturing of the very first litter. You will be our hero! We have only until Oct 24th to secure full funding (which will mean that this first litter could be in your hands by this winter's holidays!).
Check out the Kickstarter here, and as always, we adore you and are thankful for all your support and love!
The title of this post is fairly vague — I mean, where to begin?!?! Our virtues are limitless. However, let's take a quick moment to focus on our eco-friendliness, our sweet nature, and also the features that make us ideal neighbors to welcome into your gardens, yards, and hearts. Today's content comes from Northern Oaks Bird & Animal Hospital, who did such a lovely job articulating our goodness that I've shared their text virtually unchanged. Of course, I had to sprinkle a few opossums around to jazz it up a bit. Head on over to their Facebook page for more wonderful content, including images and stories about their patients! xo Starry
If you prefer a cut & paste version, see below!
"Opossums are harmless, timid, docile creatures. They hiss for protection because their eyesight is poor. They freeze or “play opossum” when confronted with danger because they have no means to fight. When you see these critters, leave them be.
A few facts:
1. Opossums are not rabies vectors because of their decreased body temperature.
2. They eat insects, acorns, ticks (very efficiently!), overripe vegetation, and occasionally, tiny vermin. They do not attack cats, dogs, chickens, etc, and are excellent disease control for Lyme, Ehrlichia, and any other tick-borne diseases.
3. They do not tip trash cans or destroy gardens. They clean up what other predators leave behind, but often get the blame.
4. They will never offensively attack or bite. They are completely avoidant of interaction and will hiss, growl, involuntarily faint or, like all animals, bite defensively when cornered.
5. They are a carrier for sarcocystis, the Protozoa causing Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). All horse feed and hay should be kept off the ground and covered. A devastating disease, and treatable if diagnosed early, less than 1% of healthy exposed horses will progress to disease.
6. They are resistant/somewhat immune to toxic snake bites and will kill them if encountered, out of defense. They perform natural pest control!" Text courtesy of our friends at Northern Oaks Bird & Animal Hospital.
The first of the Golden Opossums is currently installed at Cocoally Magazine Street (2041 Magazine NOLA)! Sesame presides over his own free library. Take a book, bring a book, whatever your little heart desires! The rest of the Golden Opossums are awaiting completion and installation. Visit Bookworm Sessie at Cocoally, open 7 days a week 10-7pm.
A few weeks ago, we went to visit Juniper the Fox and her family, and left for home with an adorable ferret named Frankie. Frankie was found wandering the streets of Florida, and we were very happy to welcome him in to the Sesame Family. Upon inspection, we realized that ferrets look like opossums that have been stretched out into a noodle. Thus began our journey of research to determine whether ferrets and opossums are related.
The short answer is no, they are not. Let's begin by exploring what ferrets are. They are not, in fact, noodled opossums. They are actually a domesticated form of the European Polecat, and evidence suggests that these polecats were domesticated over 2,000 years ago by humans who sought them for their vermin-eating ways. Specifically, humans fought to control rabbit populations, and ferret domestication likely occurred first in the European rabbits' habitat of Iberia (mostly Spain and Portugal) and Northwest Africa. Since the European polecat is the only ancestor of modern-day ferrets, the latter are nearly physically indistinguishable from their wild counterparts.
Having been bred and domesticated for generations, however, a common household ferret — though sharing nearly all features with their wild polecat cousins — cannot survive in the wild. Which is in exact opposition to the North American-born Virginia Opossum, who thrives better in the wild than a household setting. Domestic ferrets are part of the Mustelidae family, a group of about 60 carnivorous species including otters, weasels, minks, badgers, and wolverines. The Mustedlidae family is the largest family in the order Carnivora, and various Mustelid species are native to all continents except Australia and Antarctica. Virginia Opossums (the kind that Sesame, Starry, and Daffodil are) are masupials and a part of the Didelphidae family. Virginia Opossums have not been domesticated, and they share the Didelphidae family with over 100 other species of opossum native to the Americas.
The highest point in New Orleans is often erroneously cited as a tiny mound called Monkey Hill. As far as 30-foot hills go, it's carved out an impressive lot of real estate in the local lore. In reality, the highest point is a different tiny mound—43 feet above sea level—in the Couturie Forest section of City Park. It's called Laborde Mountain.
So you can imagine my shock upon arriving in San Francisco. I was huffing and puffing up the hills! Lion Kinging above the bay and the bridges! Some of the hills even had steps built into them. The only thing keeping me climbing was the hope that once I got to the top, I could roll into a ball and somersault down the other side.
I followed directions in the park.
I got a whole bunch of postcards and treats and had a great time exploring the city.
I have to also give a shoutout to Oakland and Berkley, and of course the most wonderful breakfast place of all time (with two locations)--Timeless Coffee! I also went to bookstores, toy stores, and basically every kind of store.
Written by me, Starry, from It's Me, Sesame!