I don't always just get in cute little baby opossums. Sometimes adult opossums need to come in to wildlife rehabbers when they are injured and in need of some help. When Andy, a fellow rehabber, asked if I was home for him to bring an opossum by for me to look at, I never expected to see so much physical damage. Upon initially looking at this female, I assumed that she got caught in a car engine. She was picked up by Lisa, a local animal control officer, and she said that the female was hunched over in the grass when she found her. The wounds looked a day or so old, but she was definitely in pain. Many patches of fur were missing all over her body. The worst sections being on her shoulders and over her left hip. Those areas were completely void of fur and instead had multiple abrasions. Her tail was also sliced up multiple times at the base, some areas deeper than others. After letting her get some water, which she was very happy to receive, I gave her some pain medication and let her rest for a while. I needed to check closely check out her wounds and wash of the dried blood and dirt that was matted to her fur. While I was in the tub with her, carefully washing her down, I did not realize how many abrasions she had until her fur became wet and I was able to see her skin much more easily. After drying her off and setting up multiple towels for her to lay on I began to apply some ointment to her wounds and then let her rest. Opossums are very resilient animals and they bounce back very well from many different traumatic injuries. So I pray for this girl to do the same as well.
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