MOUNTAINSIDE—Jake the Opossum needed a little coaxing to leave his nesting box and see the youngsters who came to see him recently at Union County’s Trailside Museum and Science Center. Fortunately, naturalist Becky Novorro knew Jake’s hankering for baby food, for which Jake was more than willing to emerge and let the children pet him.
The youngsters leaned all about how possums have opposable thumbs and how they try to protect themselves, including their ability to “play dead.” They also learned how opossums and kangaroos are related and how their young are also carried in a pouch. Jake is the “star” of Possum Pals, an after-school class for first and second graders offered at Trailside.
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