In our last post we related the activities on Mother’s Day Eve. After a short night’s sleep we opted for a more quiet and peaceful day.
However, the day got off to a raucous start when the man who does the pool maintenance called out excitedly to me that there was some sort of animal in the pool pump house area. I asked him what it was and he told me it was a zarigüeya with four or five babies. I grabbed my camera not knowing what a zarigüeya was and ran outside.
By the time I arrived the two men who had been servicing our pool pointed to the zarigüeya which had now run across the volleyball court area and was taking cover by some wooden boxes across the yard.
I managed to get one fleeting picture of the retreating zarigüeya as it ducked behind the boxes.
You can see one of the little ones on mommy’s back. With the tail and size I thought that this might be an opossum, but I had never seen an opossum with such raggedy dark fur. Google once again came to the rescue and confirmed that this is an opossum. There are several species of opossums in the world and the ones seen most often in this area have a long snout and ragged dark fur.
We guessed mommy ‘possum had made the rare daytime appearance to show off her brood on Mother’s Day. More on our zarigüeya to come.
Meanwhile where was little Bonnie while all of the commotion was going on?
Bonnie has calmed down considerably as she has developed out of the kitten stage, but all of us know that children are more apt to get into trouble when playing with their siblings than when they are alone. Bonnie was playing with Clyde and somehow had managed to get to the top of the seven-foot tall wall in our garden.
She quickly blamed it all on Clyde who did not deny his involvement. The two frolicked in the leaves and flowers for some time.
Oh well, who can get upset with something this cute?
They both scrambled down without a problem.
I had to run some errands before returning home in time to get the grill going for some steaks for dinner. Then Mary and I settled down to watch some television when we heard a truck pull up into the parking area. Our friend Ramon dropped off two little angels who came to see Mary.
Luna and Sol had prepared special Mother’s Day cards for Mary. They both had worked to write the cards in English. Sol even translated her name.
Inside the card Sol had a sweet message and drawing.
We quickly hung the two cards on the refrigerator.
The loving friendship of our extended Ecuadorian family helps to fill the void created by being so far from our family on holidays. Sol and Luna’s message reminds us of how lucky we are to live here where…
Oh wait a minute. This is where we generally insert the well-known phrase that life is good in Ecuador, but I promised a little bit more information on our zarigüeya.
Last night Mary was sitting at a table on the patio when she saw something scurry along the fence line in the dark. It was bigger than a cat with a long tail and she thought it might be the zarigüeya so she called to me. Indeed the opossum had returned, this time without her babies in tow.
Unfortunately I did not get close enough to the animal to get a good flash picture, but this shot will show you the relative size and general ugly appearance of our new neighbor.
In any event if she plans to keep coming around, I am sure to get some clear pictures one of these days.
The radiant beauty of Sol and Luna with my sweet bride far outweighed the negative impression left by Mrs. Zarigüeya. We should be kind. After all she is a mother too and shares our life here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!