On the 15th an adult female, caught in trap, came in. She had swelling and bleeding to inside of her mouth and single broken toe nail on front left foot from trying to get out of trap. I don't know if you could tell in the middle picture, but she is very slim. She also has a bit of hair loss to top of head from old injury. And guess what else? Pinkies in pouch! She will be staying with me a while to heal up and gain some weight before being released.
On the 17th I got another adult female, caught in trap. She was brought in to animal control the day prior and we did not know about her until the next morning. So she sat in a carrier all night and morning in her own waste and no bedding. She has small abrasions to inside of mouth from trap, no other aparent injury but severely infested with fleas. After cleaning her up a bit and getting rid of her fleas she got to go outside in one of the prerelease cages. Since she has no major injury she will be released after getting some nice meals for a few nights.
On the 20th I got a group of seven babies; four males, three females. All look healthy and have no injury. They will be raised until they are large enough for release.
Today one of the animal control officers brought me this adult female pictured on the right. She was found in someone's fruit tree and the man who found her knocked her off in to the green waste trash and call animal control to come get her. Luckily she suffered no injuries, but the man who found her was telling the animal control officer why he didn't want her in his yard and many of the reasons were misconceptions about opossums. He believed that they have rabies, cause destruction, would attack his dogs, and so on. The animal control officer informed him that the opossum would do none of that and was there because of all of the rotten fruit on the ground. He informed him that they are a great neighborhood clean up crew and was just picking up the rotten fruit for him. The man who found her did say he did not want to hurt her, just did not want her at his house. She is now outside in a prerelease enclosure resting up from her traumatic adventure this morning.