A licensed DNR wildlife rehabilitation specialist attended our homeschool co-op last week as a guest speaker and the kids all had a wonderful time. They learned about rescuing animals in the wild, what to do and what not to do, and they even got to see and pet a live opossum. "Nubby" didn't have a tail, so she can't be released back into the wild, which taught the kids (and a lot of us adults) about how vital a opossum's tail truly is--aside from hanging by it, the opossum's tail gives it balance and is a fat store for the animal in the winter. It's a marsupial, of course, and the kids delighted in seeing and feeling her pouch.
Here's the website for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. And for kids, check out the Wildlife Rescue League Kids Page, it's great!!