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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