Many more opossums added to the list of this year's intake log! First up there is Gus, found on the 25th. One of my friend's children found him and they promptly gave him a name. He was found in the middle of the day severely infested with fleas and anemic so I am very glad that she called me.
On the 27th a young adult female was brought to me because she was caught in a trap. Luckily she sustained no injury and was able to be released after getting some good meals which not only fed her, but also her three week old pinkies that I saw in her pouch.
On the 28th Gus' brother, Frank, was found outside in the middle of the day. He was also anemic and severely infested with fleas. After riding him of all of those parasites he was placed with Gus to keep each other company.
I also got in a mother opossum the evening of the 28th. She was caught in a trap and sustained some small abrasions to the inside of her mouth from it. As you can see in the picture she has a group of seven week old babies in her pouch, seven of them to be exact. She will be staying with me in a safe environment to raise her babies until they are weaned.
On the 29th I got in this no so happy adult male that was caught in a trap, pictured in the middle. He has a swollen muzzle, abrasions on top part of his muzzle, the lower right side of jaw is exposed, both bottom canines broken, and his upper right canine broken. He was put on antibiotics immediately and his wounds were cleaned. He will be staying with me for quite a while until his injuries heal.
Today a young adult female came in with a very odd issue. She was caught in a trap and luckily sustained no injury from it. What is different about her is that her back left leg is atrophied and has nerve damage to it. It is possible that she broke it a while back and it just never healed properly. She is not thin though, so she has been able to forage for food with no problem. One of the amazing things about opossums is that they can sustained so much and still persevere. They truly are incredible creatures.