Most of the adult opossums I receive are from being caught in a live trap and then have to stay with me for a while as they heal up and receive antibiotics for their wounds. This new male that was brought to me on the first, on the other hand, was caught in something I would have never thought of... a BBQ. The people who own the BBQ aren't sure of how he got in there or how long he had been in there. Myself, as well as a few others, came to the conclusion that the lid may have been open and he could smell the drippings inside so he climbed his way up there but soon got trapped as the lid closed down with him inside.. but who knows what had happened. He was quite a bit dehydrated and weak
when I got him, with a few old scars on the inside of his front right leg, possibly from a previous dog attack. This morning though he is doing much better. After providing him with fluids to rehydrate him and flush out his system from eating the drippings and charcoal as well as giving him plenty of delicious food, he is happily sleeping all curled up in his cage. In a couple days he will be put outside in a prerelease enclosure and then a few days after that he will be released back in to the wild.