I went on a little vacation to the coast this weekend. Luckily, the majority of all the opossums I had were eating on their own and would be fine for two nights with my best friend just coming over to take care of them morning and night. My friend, by the way, is named Laura Russell. She is a massage therapist and esthetician here in town, you should check out her website here. She gives the best massages ever, guaranteed! Back to the opossums.. I ended up bringing four with me because they were not doing very well and had to be tube fed. Although their eyes were open, they were not eating on their own and were losing weight. As you can see in the picture above, the bones are easily visible on their tails. Unfortunately, one did not make it. The other three though, are doing much better now since I spend the extra time with them. I do what I need to, to ensure that as many little ones survive as possible. I understand that I can not save them all, but I will do my best to help all of those that I can. And I believe my enthusiasm for what I do shows when I bring my work with me on vacation. :)
I was about 30 minutes away from home when a lady called me about three young opossums that she had found on their dead mother. Ironically, she was about 30 minutes away from my house. So I told her I would meet her and as I got home, there she was leaning down to a tupperware box in the shade of one of my trees. The little ones had been in good hands. Unfortunately, their mother had passed, but they came to me in really good condition. The lady who brought them to me had properly cared for them until she could find a wildlife rehabber to take them in, and that made such a big difference in their overall chance in survival. They are now currently sleeping in their new home, with all fleas removed from their little bodies.