An Opossum Adventure
Going Climbing
Jan. 12, 2014

  Earlier this month, after a snowfall, a young opossum (probably a year old or younger) wandered into the backyard and dined on bird seed.
Young opossum
  The following day the possum returned, and at dusk he decided to have a climb in the rose of sharon. (Note the look of concentration.)
Opossum climbing rose of sharon
  All went okay until the young opossum decided to look down. (It's always a mistake looking down when climbing up.)
Opossum looking down
  And so the opossum went into a twirl.
Opossum in a twirl
  It took a short while for him to figure out what was happening.
Opossum decision making
  The opossum resolved the situation by making use of his prehensile tail to extract himself from the rose of sharon.
Opossum tail use
  And so, for the first time in my life, I managed to photograph an opossum's prehensile tail in action.

Photo note: The photos were taken with the Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens. The first one dates from January 9, 2014, and the remainder are (at dusk) from January 10, 2014.

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