From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 1996:
Sometimes an animal’s best
defense could be his worst enemy.
Take the example of the
opossum who nearly became as dead as
he pretended to be.
I was driving down a back
street in Lorain County, Ohio, near my
home when I spotted a dead opossum
lying on his side in the center of the
road. I slowed down to avoid the carcass,
but as I passed it, something registered:
there was no blood. I stopped
for a closer look. He lay still as death,
not even breathing as near as I could
tell. Despite the lack of bloody evidence
of a crash, I figured he must
have been dead.