For the past few days, the big boy that had previously only been on liquid food, then soft foods, has now been on harder and more solid foods. Including harder foods such as dry kibble, whole eggs, and chicken wings with the bone. He has been doing really good eating everything without any issues in his previously broken jaw. Unlike the other opossums that I would feed before they wake up, I would bring his food out after he was already awake so I could observe him eat. Last night I decided I would release him the next night. So tonight was the big night! I picked out a spot for him to be released, gathered him up in a carrier as the sun was going down over the horizon, and brought some extra food with me to hold him over for his first night. I always bring some food with me during my releases and I also try to "fatten" the opossums up just a little bit prior to release. So opened up the carrier and he was eager to be out. I placed the food on the ground and he just took of running. I was happy to see that he wasn't shy and sticking around next to me. He began to run all around under the bottom of low tree I released him next to. Soon, he was climbing in the branches. I stood by to watch him for a moment, before gathering my things to go on my way. He walked towards me for one last good bye, then ran off under the brush again. I'm glad I was able to give this guy a second chance even after he had the misfortune of being struck by a car and having his jaw broken.
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