As a public space and outdoor park, we're no strangers to unusual visitors. Twice, we've hosted flocks of ducklings with their mothers, and there's a cat on a leash that likes to take tours of the park from time to time. So it didn't come as too much of a surprise when we found an opossum in the park two weeks ago.
The poor opossum was all alone, and caught outside of its usual habitat. Marsupials generally tend to favor trees or burrowing underground. We have trees and plants aplenty, but the park's location in the middle of Midtown with scores of humans marching around concrete makes for a poor home for an opossum. Luckily the story has a happy ending. One of our more intrepid staff members was kind enough to give the opossum a new home in Westchester County. Our brave opossum was set free in the wooded hills of Tarrytown, where we hope he is enjoying his spectacular new views of the Hudson River.