Although seeing a herd of up to seven deer in my backyard in Silver Spring is not that unusual, I was still rather surprised to see a possum in downtown DC tonight on the way home from my gig at the Market Inn.
I was stopped at the light at 3rd and D Street SW right by the Federal Center SW metro station when the possum trotted across the street in front of me. He crossed during the walk signal, stayed in the crosswalk, and continued on down the sidewalk on D Street. At first I thought it was a giant rat, because why would there be a possum running around in this section of DC? So I had to check it out.
I turned left on D Street when the light changed and followed him. He stopped near some bushes and we stared at each other for a minute and then he continued on his way. It was definitely a possum, or an opossum. Weird.