The first four opossums I have received this year have all been caught in traps and brought to the local animal control. Three females and one male. I've already released one of the females but the second female I received will be staying with me for a while because of the injuries she has. You can read about her below. The three in the pictures above though luckily did not sustain any significant injuries. Some swollen and scraped up muzzles, but nothing a little ointment and a few days to relax indoors with me wouldn't fix. In the picture to the right is the male that I received yesterday. A big male too, to say the least. Before I checked his underside I would of thought he was a female with a bunch of babies in the pouch. Haha, but yes, he is that heavy.
This is the older female opossum that will be staying with me for a while.. She was caught in a trap and because of that she has significant damage to her face from trying to escape. Animal control told me she was so feisty that they had to snare her to get her out of the trap she was in. Once I got her though, I didn't see any of that anger. I believe, like other wildlife, she can sense how calm I am in this situation which in turn makes her much more calm. Although live traps will not kill the animal that is in them, they can cause significant damage to the animal while trying to escape. Opossums are able to get their mouth through the bars and try to bite and chew their way out. This often damages their teeth, gums, jaw and muzzle. This female opossum is missing a good chunk of skin and muscle to the side of her mouth. She has also broken off teeth, rubbed the top of her muzzle raw, scraped up her left eye, and has damaged her gums almost to the bone of her jaw. She only wanted freedom, but now has to stay with me for a while so she can heal without developing any infection as well as being given a liquid diet that will be easy to eat with all of the wounds throughout her mouth. You can also see that her left ear is torn, this is an older injury though, so luckily it is not causing her any pain or issues. She is currently on antibiotics to help with her wounds. I'm wishing she has a speedy recovery. In the lower right picture you can see her leaning forward to sniff out my phone, she is very curious. Hopefully once she is released though she will not be curious about anymore traps.
The numbers are in! Since when I officially started doing in-home wildlife care with Critter Creek Wildlife Station in March 2012 to the end of December 2012, I have cared for 72 opossums. May this year be just a eventful! And since I have a full year ahead of me this time, I am looking forward to a even bigger number for the end of 2013. I absolutely love this work I do! :)
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