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Opossums are the only marsupial—moms come with a built-in baby pouch—in the United States. They may hiss and show their teeth when scared, but they’ll quickly pretend death by playing 'possum if their bluff is called. As life-long nomads, it is true of opossums that they may be here today and gone tomorrow.

Narrow Escape for a Family of Opossums

The HSUS's South Florida Wildlife Center worked hard to free -- and rehabilitate -- a family of opossums who almost perished when mama found herself stuck in a tight space.

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