It’s time that we sing opossums, the only marsupial north of Mexico, some much deserved praise. These little critters are so dynamic, so interesting, that it’s a wonder that they have the reputation that they do. To start, they have incredible memories. In recent studies they have proved themselves able to clearly recall which runway led to yummy treats, even more easily than cats, rats, dogs and pigs. Not to mention they can remember the taste of toxic substances a year after tasting them. They are snake-wrestling champions, or at least, we know that they are immune to most snake venom and they hardly ever get rabies. Meanwhile, they slow the spread of Lyme Disease by eating around 90% of ticks they encounter. All of this is enough for us to work hard to protect these critters, as we clearly feel they pay it forward and back in full.