The caught in trap elder female that I've had for over a month is finally outside in one of the prerelease enclosures. She was taken off of her antibiotics for a week while still staying inside to make sure that no infection began to develop and to see if she could keep her healed injuries clean of debris. She did great so she got to move outdoors. Although she began to get very sweet with me while inside because I would give her treats when she got her antibiotics (it made it much easier and less stressful on her, you always want to keep the level of stress as low as possible) she became a wild opossum again once she got to go outside. You can see her progress of her injuries and how great they've healed in the before and after pictures below. I am so happy that she gets to be released soon and live out her life as a free opossum. I hope she thinks twice before walking in to a trap again, even if she can smell the food awaiting inside.
Received two more caught in trap opossums. The male to the left has very minor damage and will be released within a few days. The female to the right on the other hand will be staying with me for over a month. She has significant damage to her muzzle and jaw with multiple broken teeth. In comparison to the image below you can see how swollen both of their muzzles are from trying to escape the traps they are in.
I do not like live traps. As I have stated before in my previous blog post.. although live traps will not kill the animal that is in them, they can cause significant damage to the animal while trying to escape. This happens very often to opossums. While trying to escape they end up injuring their jaws and muzzles, sometimes to the point of their jaw bone being exposed. If you would like an opossum to relocate to a different area other than your backyard, please think twice before using live traps. Check out the Top 10 Reason Not to Trap and Relocate.
This is the newest male that has come to spend some time with me today. Also, the very first of its kind for me in the terms of why he was brought in. Some guys may cringe over this story, fair warning... Like opossums normally do, this male was climbing over a fence while following his nose to something that smelled like dinner. Unfortunately, his testicles got caught up in the fence while he was climbing down which caused the lining of the skin to tear and bleed. Claw marks were found on the fence from him trying to get free. The people who found him said they had to take apart the fence to free him. As you can see in this picture, he is not the happiest of critters right now. I have immediately started him on antibiotics to help prevent any infection from taking on. Unfortunately, there is no telling how bruised he is inside from trying to get himself free or if he got caught up on any splinters or nails. He will be taking a ride to see the vet just to make sure everything is going to be alright.
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