A new face joining the dinner waiting line.
I know they do not live very long but I bet ours live a few years longer. They line up with the cats waiting for the food to be served.
The outside cats all gather around dusk to sit a wait for me to come out with two cans of wet cat food. Lately, as I scan the faces of all waiting, I have noticed an opossum face in the mix. I did not get a current photo with them all together, but will try if they do it again.
It is nothing new for them to come in after all have eaten and "do the dishes", but to boldly be sitting on the lawn waiting is a little new. Our dogs still fuss with them later at night (no longer kill them) but they seem to have accepted the face in the line-up at feeding time.
I think there is still a "pecking" order though. When the cats turn to question the opossum, it gives some respect as if to say "Oh, excuse me. I was a little extra hungry tonight, I'll step aside until you are done".
They used to just ignore the cats and did as they pleased. These must be a new generation who have grown up in close proximity to the cats and acknowledge their presence.