According to the Huffington Post, in an article dated July 3, the “Big Foot” DNA collected by a Texas veterinarian named, Melba Ketchum has been proven to be fake. According to the post, “Fed up by this hazy proof of “Sasquatch genomes,” Houston Chronicle reporter Eric Berger sent some of Ketchum’s DNA samples to an independent geneticist for analysis. The result? The 100 DNA samples that Ketchum claimed proved the existence of a hybrid mix between homo sapiens and an unknown primate were actually the genetic makeup of … an opossum.”
So once again, we see that this mythical creature’s existence has yet to be proven. It seems every few years we see people claiming they have seen the big foot, or claimed they were chased by one. In all of the sightings so far, all have been proven down in some form or fashion. This recent find, of the actual DNA of an opossum instead of the mystical big foot creature reminds us that there are many creatures in the forests of the US and abroad that have similar skin coverings like that of the mythical big foot. It also reminds us that we should never get to excited when someone claims to have a fur sample or some other DNA sample until it is scientifically proven one way or another.
Since the opossum seems to be the real star of the show here, this brings us to some outstanding facts of the opossum that a lot of people may not know. The opossum is the only marsupial in North America. The scientific name of the opossum is Didelphis Virginiana. This animal is about the size of a house cat and it’s body can get up to 15-20 inches long, while it’s tail can reach an astounding 9-15 inches long! Opossums have short legs and a pointed nose with a white face and black ears with white tips. They have scaly, rat like tails. The females are smaller than the males and they have a pouch on their stomachs so they can carry their young around.
Opossums can have up to 14 babies per litter and can have at least two litters a year. Most people do not know that one entire litter can fit into a teaspoon! Opossums are usually seen at night on the sides of roadways eating roadkill, although a opossums usual diet is fish, insects, fruit, crayfish, worms, mice bird eggs, snails, carrion, small rabbits, salamanders, frogs, and snakes. Opossums live in the woods and along streams. They usually are not aggressive towards humans nor do they attack people, unless they are ill with rabies.
A opossums usual actions upon seeing humans is to run into the woods or up the nearest tree for safety. However, if the opossum is being chased by an animal of twice it’s size, another trick it has is to play dead. The opossum will actually lay down, close it’s eyes, stick it’s tongue out and pass an odor to make it seem like it has been dead for weeks lying in the sun! Truly, from leaving it’s DNA behind, being thought of as the DNA of the famous Big Foot, to having the ability to trick most any animal pursuing it successfully, the opossum is a smart animal.