Yesterday I got in an adult male opossum just to do a little health check on him before he was released. This opossum was brought in to our local SPCA because he was caught in someone's backyard trap, so because of this, he had mildly swollen and bleeding gums and the roof of his muzzle was beat up from trying to get out of the trap his was in. I decided to keep him overnight to make sure that the swelling on the right side of his muzzle went down, and sure enough, it did. He is a very big and healthy male, over a year old, and I can tell that he has taken care of many unwanted pests, waste, and rotten fruit in people's backyards. I took this picture before heading out to his release site and here you can see an opossum's typical defense stance. Arched back, mouth open, low growl, and of course his dripping drool. Opossum's are more frightened of you than you are of them and they do this in hopes for you to go away so they can continue scavenging and keeping your backyards clean. He was very happening to be released last night.
Three juveniles also got to be released out into the big world last night. After filling up with their pre-release "breakfast" (first meal of the night), I loaded them and the adult male up in to my car and set off in to the evening. The one male of the three young ones ran out of the carrier very quickly once I set it down, barely even giving me time to snap a quick picture. The two females on the other hand were not quite sure. But after some encouragement to come out and some sniffing around, they both ran off in to the night. They were quickly gone from my sight, but I could hear the crunching of the leaves under their feet and they went. Good luck out there little ones, grow big and strong and live a full life!