Sadly, the male I have been taking care of had to be humanely euthanized today. I spent the majority of the day with him and was not happy to see him go. Within the past two days he has gone downhill fast. He lost all strength in his legs and was unable to hold himself up, he began to have seizures, had very heavy breathing, and what was most unusual to me is that he developed a very high fever. Unlike other opossums, he was very hot to the touch. Here in this picture you can see that his leg is wrapped which is because he kept biting at his foot. Myself and others assumed it was because he had nerve damage to where his toenails were worn down and it caused him pain. But why the pain developed so much later on, I am unsure. He was suffering and just needed to be given peace. I am at a loss for words with him and so confused about what caused all of his symptoms. You're free to chase your dreams out in opossum heaven now, farewell darling.
Today I received an adult male that was caught in a trap. He is especially unhappy. As you can see in the picture his muzzle is swollen and bloody from trying to get out of the trap. He also broke two of his canines, torn the skin up on the side of his muzzle in his mouth, and wore down multiple toenails just because he wanted to be free. He came to me severely infested with fleas and had flea dirt caked up on his lower half. In the pictures below you can see him getting his bath and the picture helps to show the importance of how devastating fleas can be. Opossums, as well as all other animals, can become anemic and die from having too many fleas on them. I'm looking forward to being able to get this male back out in the wild where he belongs, and hopefully he will be smart enough to know not to get into anymore traps.
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