The big male I had was released tonight. He's been such a sweetheart to have and care for. He wasn't really sure about leaving the carrier once I tipped it over though. Kind of a "do I really have to? You spoil me though!" Haha, well after giving him a little nudge and him sniffing around, he finally decided to take off. I listened as he made his way under the bushes where I released him until there was nothing but silence. Good luck out there big guy, and this time stay away from those dogs!
Many people trap opossums thinking that are dangerous to have around or just irritated that the cat or dog food they leave out keeps getting eaten. I inform everyone I can about not leaving pet food out at night and that opossums are great to have around in your neighborhood. Studies have shown that neighborhoods with opossums are cleaner than neighborhoods that don't have any opossums. But there are always people that continue to trap them. These two opossums were brought in to the local SPCA. The female on top I received today and the male on bottom I received yesterday. Both are very healthy young adults, just have a small abrasions on the top of their muzzle from trying to escape their traps. I gave them both a bit of food and then they were both released tonight.
Yesterday I got in an adult male opossum that had puncture wounds in his right hind leg from being attacked by a dog. He is an especially gentle giant, larger than most males I have seen. He has definitely enjoyed his fill of insects, rodents, fallen over fruit, and pet food left out in people's backyards. After giving him some Capstar to get rid of all of the fleas on him, checking over his wounds and cleaning them up, applying ointments, and giving him some pain medicine, he decided to sleep it all off. During it all though, he didn't do much more than just open his mouth to me in warning. As I was checking out his wounds though he was very calm with me. There is a such a huge misconception that opossums are vicious and mean animals. But here I have a full grown adult that is from the wild and since I slow and calm with him, he feels no threat and therefore is calm with me. They really are great animals to have around and I wish more people would come to understand that. He will be released as soon as he has no issue in walking on his right hind leg and his wounds have healed.
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