Trail cam accidentally captures opossum helping a deer by picking ticks off its face

Opossums have often been unfairly labeled as troublesome animals, but the tide of opinion regarding these creatures is gradually shifting, according to Opossum Awareness & Advocacy workers.

Historically, opossums earned a negative reputation because they would frequently seek refuge in the basements of homes, searching for warmth and shelter. Unfortunately, this led to the demise of many opossums, as people took various measures to get rid of them.

However, it is becoming increasingly evident that there is no need for alarm when opossums make appearances in your garden. In fact, they can be highly beneficial to the ecosystem. One of their remarkable contributions is in reducing the prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

It turns out that opossums have a voracious appetite for ticks, sometimes consuming as many as 5,000 of these disease-carrying parasites in a single season. A recent camera recording captured an intriguing scene featuring a deer and an opossum, further highlighting the valuable role these creatures play.

The Vermont Wildlife Coalition has released compelling evidence of opossums’ benefits in the battle against ticks. They are effective tick eliminators, and they also help control populations of mice, snakes, and other pests.

Contrary to common misconceptions, opossums are quite clean animals, comparable to cats in their grooming habits.

Occasionally, they can even display endearing traits that make them appear quite cute.

However, it’s important to note that in most states, keeping opossums as pets is prohibited by law and is not recommended.

Misinformation about these creatures has had a detrimental impact on their lives, and it’s time to recognize their positive contributions to our ecosystems.