Vermont is taking steps to educate people just how important little opossums are to our environment…
These benign creatures eat disease carrying ticks, which are becoming an ever increasing danger to our lives as people and woodlands dwell beside each other nowadays.
Gettysburg has lots of wildlife and wooded areas, therefore, ticks.
Most people visiting the Gettysburg woods don’t realize it. I always cringe to see people wearing flip flops……My mode of dress for outside activities in the summer is boots….yes boots……year round.
I am petite, low to the ground, a tick has less travel time to get to my head….did I mention I also wear scarves or hats……….:-)
I wish I could carry a possom or two on my shoulders. Opossums are welcome to my farmhouse; I would like nothing better than to have a family take up residence in one of my woodpiles.
Opossums and bats get a bad rap………I have a bat house too. Opossums aren’t the dirty, rabid infested attackers most people envision. In fact, their defense is playing dead, not lunging for your throat.
But many places use them for cruel entertainment, even holding opossum drops for New Year festivities.
Yes, bats have a slim chance of carrying rabies, but you don’t go looking in places to hold a bat, unless you have a serious desire to tempt fate, even in the slightest degree……Bats are looking for insect meals, not your blood, unless you happen to inhabit a very specific area of the world, which I assume most of my readers do not.
Ticks are becoming host to a myriad of threatening diseases. Bats are dwindling due to fungal infections, and once they go, there will be irreparable harm to our ecosystem.
It is time we realized where the real threat lies and create a welcome for those who can help us keep this threat at bay.
Thanks Vermont for taking steps to educate and reveal what we really have to fear…..
I fear Batman’s bat signal in the sky was a foreteller of bad tidings for our planet. If we wipe the little creatures from the face of the earth …..will mankind soon meet his demise as well?
Think about it………a tick is so much bigger than a germ…….and look what viruses and bacteria have wreaked against the most powerful of civilizations……… We couldn’t see the enemies back then……..today, we can see the help the tiny ones, the bats, the bees, the opossums give to our world…….and yet we close our eyes.
Will we open them before it is too late………….
Here I give Reiki to an injured opossum, a sweet and gentle friend.
Here is the Vermont article.