When I was taking out the trash Wednesday night, Kara warned me that there was a dead or dying raccoon in the trash barrel. I took the camera along. The image revealed this seemingly dead opossum. The species confusion was due to fright: our sister-in-law Lisa saw the animal only briefly and it scared her almost to death, so she failed to get a proper ID before warning Kara about it. But I still think it's funny that this opossum was mistaken for a raccoon. In the morning the barrel was on its side and the animal was missing.