City All Creatures
posted by March 26 at 9:17 AMon
I’ve seen this guy around town lately with what, at first glance, looked like the biggest rat I’d ever seen. Perched on his shoulder. Turns out it’s a possum. I didn’t know possums could be pets, or be tamed, or really be anything besides road kill.
Well, as it turns out, this possum was destined to be road kill—until Montana found him.
Montana rescues small animals and birds—that’s what he does, he told me. He lives on Beacon Hill and he saw this baby possum get hit by a car near his house. He paid for the possum to have surgery on its jaw. He thinks the possum is about nine months old. And since the possum’s going to weigh 60 pounds one day, Montana is training him walk on a leash. But for now, until the possum recovers from his jaw surgery, he gets to ride on Montana’s shoulder.