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How did I miss this?!?

I regard myself as generally hip to all the groovy memes, so I don’t know how this one got past me. Opossum Lady has been on YouTube for ten years, but really blew up about a year ago.

The top hit for “Opossum Lady” is a short Best Of compilation of bits of her videos by someone else entirely, which is a little sad for her but worth watching to get a taste of the delights in store.

Her actual channel is here and every video I’ve watched so far was worth my time (a threshold not crossed by many Toobs).

Her website is devoted to her dead squirrel, Pearl, who dispenses advice from beyond the grave. She also has a Zazzle store. Pearl does.

The lady goes by Georgette Spelvin, a famous pseudonym from American theater history. All anyone knows is she’s a woman of a certain age who lives in Southern California and has a bunch of rescue squirrels and possums.

I cannot believe how she manhandles those possums. In my experience, possums are nasty, short-tempered and mean. And ugly. So, so ugly.

My mother was extremely good with animals and spent her childhood out in the sticks rescuing orphans and strays. She said the one animal she could never tame was a possum. She’d get it gentled down and then a loud noise would happen and it would bite down on her thumb, hard, and be a wild animal again.

Still, Georgette informs us you can’t get rabies from a possum: their body temperature is too low to host the virus. Enjoy!


Comment from Pablo
Time: May 26, 2020, 8:46 pm

OMG. I think I’ve been to her house. IIRC, she’s in very southern Cali. I had never seen anyone doing kissy-face with a possum before and I’ve never seen it since. This would have been in the early 90’s.

Comment from weasel again
Time: May 26, 2020, 10:02 pm

That’s astonishing, Pablo. A year ago, you could have been a celebrity, if you were willing to unmask her. Search ‘opossum lady’ – the hunt was on for her dox.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 26, 2020, 10:43 pm

So – Weasel Lady channel?
eh? eh?

You can wear a mask. It’s tre tre.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: May 26, 2020, 11:45 pm

I saw on World’s Dumbest a woman giving her opossum a pedicure. Not sure if it was this woman but it seemed pretty ridiculous.

Comment from Drew458
Time: May 27, 2020, 2:15 am

We have possums here. They come by our patio to eat the food we put out for Ginger our outdoor kitteh. Every animal in the forest eats cat food, meat or kibble, from the songbirds to the deer and even the chipmunks. I wouldn’t call the possums here mean animals at all. Frightened of their own shadows is more like it. The smallest noise or even some leaves blowing around scares them off and they run away. I’ve read that this cowardly behavior is normal for them; their first defensive act if they can’t run is to be fart mightily, then to curl up in a ball and play dead. Only after that will they remember that they’re giant rats with a big mouthful of sharp teeth. OTOH, no way I’d ever want one as a pet. Eww.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 27, 2020, 3:19 am

The possum addressed the elephant in the room. “Nothing abnormal around here,” she observed soberly.

Comment from Pablo
Time: May 27, 2020, 10:28 am

That’s funny weasel again, but sadly I’d fail at it. If it’s the person I’m thinking of (and how many of these can there be) she also ran a completely unrelated business out of her home that brought me there and it was quite some time ago so the details are lost to me. You don’t forget a house like that, but you don’t necessarily remember the address. I think it was in Chula Vista though.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 27, 2020, 6:55 pm

Y’all talking about the squirrel lady from the movie Rat Race?

Comment from Sabrina Chase
Time: May 28, 2020, 11:34 pm

You know how some (older) people remember where they were when they got the news Kennedy was shot? I remember where I was when I first got an eyeball of the possum pedicure video. A part of my brain is still screaming. It crossed the uncanny valley and set up a tent, that video did. *shudder*

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