Yesterday I received this older female to be looked at. I could tell that she was older because of the bald patches she had where she was losing hair from age. She was caught in a trap and brought to the local SPCA. Upon first inspection of her mouth I noticed one side of her lower was partially swollen and the other side had looked torn. The whole top of her muzzle was scratched up as well. It all appeared to be from trying to get out of the trap that she was caught in. She also had a few broken teeth. So I got her on some antibiotics to help fight off any infection. This morning, I took the picture you see here when I went to give her another dose of antibiotics. She has become more swollen and the torn parts of her lower jaw were now excreting puss of white blood cells and other debris. I will continue to keep her on antibiotics until her mouth heals. Luckily though, she eats very well and has a lot of spunk in her. Unlike many other opossums that just want to be left alone, she is rather feisty and always has a hiss or two for me. She's a strong woman, that's for sure.
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