Opossums make up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere.“Playing dead” is a defense mechanism adopted by the opossum and many other animals. To escape a predator, an opossum lies on its back and pretends to be dead. Most predators prefer live prey, and hence spare the opossum which they presume to be dead. When the opossum feels that he is no longer in danger, he will revive himself and move on.
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