If you want to find an example of a super mom, just look for a mother opossum with a litter of 10 or more babies. In this video, you’ll see an opossum mom with her babies lined up from her head, all the way to her tail. As she ventures along to look for food, she allows her babies to come along for piggy back ride… or should I say opossum back ride.
Opossums are marsupials, which are animals that have a pouch (like koalas or kangaroos). The Virginia opossum/common opossum, is the only marsupial you’ll in Canada and the United States. According to the National Geographic, female opossums give birth to babies that are the size of honeybees. For their first stage of development, the babies stay in their mother’s pouch. Once they grow bigger and start crawling out of the pouch, the babies will sometimes ride on their mother’s back while she’s hunting for food. Female opossums can give birth to as many as 20 babies per litter, but only fewer than half usually survive.
Luckily for human mothers, it’s not a parenting requirement to carry 10 to 15 babies on your back. We’ll just leave that to the super opossum moms.