Looks like we'll be baby sitting a opossum for a bit until we can get it to a wildlife rehabilitator. Found out their mothers make no attempts to find them if they get lost :( And no we have no interest in keeping it as a pet.
This little fellow was in a live trap and was cold and wet from rainy conditions. Caught by the neighbors. I brought him and let him warm up. Introduced myself to the neighbors and volunteered to help with any more Opossums. Found out they are also no-kill so that made me really happy to hear that. This is the 4th one they have had so far. #catchandrelease#opossumrescue#opossumsofinstagram#iloveopossums
I'll try to keep this short but I started a campaign to try to raise funds for renovation of my barn for opossums. I was hesitant to do this because I am a little prideful at times but I simply cannot do this on my own. I only have so much room inside my home and I would love for my nonreleasables to be able to live outside in a secure, safe environment where they can feel the earth beneath their feet and still be "wild". I still have 2 and there are 3 additional opossums that are in need of a home for the rest of their days and I simply do not have the room. If you cannot donate, I would appreciate if you can share my campaign, the link is in my profile. Thank you all ❤
Officially introducing Chris, an approximately 5-6 mo Virginia Opossum. The name Chris started as a joke, because I just needed something to call him. He was found by a Good Samaritan after being alone in her yard for at least 12 hours. I was preparing Chris for release - he was in a 150 gallon terrarium and I stopped handling him once he was off tube feeding, but did like to watch him. Well, as he continued to grow a very obvious front limb deformity developed. I started handling him again in order to investigate and surprisingly he was (and is) incredibly docile. He has little function of his right front paw. His wrist is at a 90 degree angle, so he walks on it and it causes a significant limp. I tried to X-ray him, but without anesthesia it was kind of a disaster.... but it looks like some kind of deformity with how his radius and ulna developed. Though it's possible he actually has metabolic bone disease.
Anyway, I am dedicated to giving him a good life indoors with a healthy diet that in case it is MBD it will not exasperate it (low protein, good calcium:phosphorus veggies and fruits, and supplements). Thankfully, he does not seem like he is in pain and his gimpy leg does not slow down his sense of adventure and huge appetite!
We discovered that this little opossum I posted about recently is actually a mama! On her last visit to our deck that we witnessed, we could see a little baby opossum poking out of her pouch! We didn’t get to see the baby’s cute little face though, just its tiny, furry body. We put this plate of cat food out for her through the window since she’s got babies to feed. In case you didn’t know, opossums are marsupials, and the only marsupials found in North America north of Mexico. #opossum#cityopossum#opossumsofinstagram#mamaopossum#opossumlivesmatter