Yesterday was quite eventful! I got in another adult opossum that was caught in a live trap, although unlike the others that I have got in so far this year, this female has a pouch full of babies! The little ones are approximately six weeks old and she almost looks full to capacity. Opossums have 13 teats, although it is very common that not all of them work. I would not be surprised to find out that she has just close to 13 babies in there though. I was able to capture this adorable picture below as the mother slept and her pouch relaxed, revealing the back ends of four little ones.
Not only did I get in a mother with babies, I got in two little ones as well (picture below). Unfortunately, their mother was attacked by a dog which killed her as well as three of their siblings. These two were fortunate enough to get a second chance at life thanks to the gentleman that found the adult female. These are two little sisters and weigh in at just 17 grams each. They must be tube feed around the clock every two hours, and I am more than happy to do that for them in hopes that they survive.
So, baby season is definitely upon us! And speaking of babies, guess what else I found out the other week? The female opossum that I got in on the February 5th that was caught in a trap and had a significant amount of swelling and trauma to the top of her muzzle, was pregnant! While moving her to another cage inside to clean out the one she was in, I happened to see a little pink baby moving around at the opening of her pouch that looked to be about two weeks old, very tiny. I check all females when I get them to know whether or not that have little ones in their pouch so I can provide them with the proper amount of nutrients and calories. When I got her in she had an empty pouch which meant that she gave birth to them while in my care. They are now approximately four weeks old and are continuing to grow. I am expecting to get in more babies soon, this is just the beginning.