I always find it surprising that so much wildlife survives in the city. I have a soft spot for the only North American marsupial too.
The city introduced them to help control rats some years back. In Ditmas Park and Kensington, they multiplied considerably, and while not a problem, aren't too rare to see these days.
Some years ago I witnessed a hilarious exchange over a possum in my neighborhood. It's funnier delivered out loud due to timing, but I'll try...
So there was this hodgepodge pack of 6-10 Brooklyn kids of various ages, sizes and backgrounds that would roam my neighborhood together. Some on foot, some on bicycles, some or Razor scooters, ranging from about 8 to 13 in age. In the group there were some Brooklyn lifers, some children of immigrants... a whole range of backgrounds.
One day as I was walking to the CVS I saw them come upon a possum on the sidewalk on Ditmas avenue, and the possum ducks down a little alleyway behind a building. The kids all huddle together, determined to chase the thing down and find out more about it.
One of the oldest kids, on a bicycle, in a heavily Spanish-tinged Brooklyn accent, is like... "yo... don't be messing with that thing, yo..."
He was probaby in about the 6th grade. The rest of the kids ignored him and proceeded to close in on the creature, who was now starting to feel cornered and beginning to hiss..
"yo... that shit will BITE you, yo..."
...kids ignore him
"... PSSH! I'm out" and he hops on his bike and pedals like hell. Maybe you had to be there but it was the funniest exchange I've ever seen.