It is Tequache...
I looked it up and it said El Possum- but my Mex Family have always called the taquaches...
I've trapped (live) several of these things in my back yard. I want to show one to someone who says all of God's creatures are beautiful.
the word is "zarigueya" with two dots above the u. difficult to write the correct pronounciation but i think it is "tharigwaya" (castillian spanish) the "i" is pronouncedt he same as it. I may be wrong, any other thoughts out there.
Where I come from we call them " Tlacuache" (tlah-kua-cheh), nobody it's right or wrong, just depends on each especific region. Good luck.
It is Tequache...teh-kuacheh...I looked it up and it said El Possum- but my Mex Family have always called the taquaches...
That's what I learned and called it growing up in San Antonio, Texas.
My dear friend Q, I doubt that you would look beautiful hanging by your tail upside
down on a branch of a tree and recently disposed in a foul manner.
One cannot look at an animal in isolation , for we are all part of the process of
life, we are all connected and serve to keep the balance of the natural order of things.
In Australia the Possum is a protected species , even though they may eat some of
the plants in the garden , there is enough for all to eat, the worst thing they do is to nest in ones roof space and pea on the ceiling , but that is our fault for cutting down their habitation. Please do not create bad Karma for yourself, someone has to pay the piper one day.
In my part of the world, opossums are called "tlacuache." It's a Nahautl word like Tecolote (owl), coyote (you all know that one...) chocolate (you all know that one too!), aguacate (avocado) elote (corn), zacate (grass), mapache (raccoon)... etc. The Spanish people who came later very likely did not understand the indigenous sounds they were hearing. More traditional spellings of some of the words dropped the "e" and replaced it with an "L"... like Tecolotl, Nahuatl, Xochitl, Coyotl, Chocolatl, Aguacatl... and so on.