Ollie and Moritz: the adventures of a family with opossums

Rats, mice, opossums and squirrels aren’t the usual pets for a child to be considering. But for Ollie Toderovitz, the first-grader at Sunrise Preschool in White Plains, it’s becoming an everyday part of his…

Ollie and Moritz: the adventures of a family with opossums

Rats, mice, opossums and squirrels aren’t the usual pets for a child to be considering. But for Ollie Toderovitz, the first-grader at Sunrise Preschool in White Plains, it’s becoming an everyday part of his home. In fact, he’s become such a fan of rats that his parents have decided it’s time for him to adopt one.

“I have an opossum,” Ollie explained. He isn’t the only owner of opossums in his family. His father, David, adopted his first opossum, Moritz, from the New York Zoo at the age of nine.

“He was pretty much the town attraction of White Plains,” David said. “People would come up to us in the mall saying, ‘Oh my gosh, you have that opossum over there, I wanna take him home with me.’”

Ollie and Moritz are currently living together in the Mr. Toderovitz’s White Plains home. “These are really like siblings, they’re just very close,” Ollie said of Moritz. David and his wife Johanna have also found their own opossum, Julio, who they are keeping with their extended family in upstate New York.

For David, growing up with an opossum marked a way of life that is still yet to be a part of what Ollie has at home. But he thinks that the idea is no different to what other kids might grow up with.

“I think like anyone else with a pet, my favorite thing to do is take the dog for a walk and walk the cat,” he said.

With family members wanting to adopt their own pets, it might soon be Ollie’s turn to add another kind of animal to his growing collection.

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