Prior to releasing three more juveniles, Andy called me about a baby opossum he was heading to go pick up and bring to me. I was excited to hear that I would be getting another youngster since I am down to only two juveniles and one infant (three other juveniles were released after Andy came by). Apparently this little girl was barked at by someone's dog in their yard for the past couple days. The little one never left so Andy received the call to go get it. The kids that picked her up named her Apples because they attempted to feed her apples. The lady who called also told Andy that there were flies and ants around the baby at the time they got her.
So Andy brought the little girl on over, and just in time I might say! This poor girl was so dehydrated and emaciated from being away from her mother, she is not yet of age to be on her own and to find food on her own. Upon closer look I was in shock! She had hundreds upon hundreds of small fly eggs all down her spine. I felt so bad for the poor little one. I got her on a heating pad to warm her up and began to work at removing the multiple fleas and ridiculous amount of fly eggs upon her body. I would have taken a much clearer picture of the amount of fly eggs on her but I was eager to remove them as quickly as possible. After the majority of them were removed, and she was much calmer now that she was warmed by the heating pad, I was able to give her a warm bath to get rid of all of the flea dirt, flea eggs, and more of the fly eggs. Once she was wet I was able to see multiple ant bites upon her body as well. But she seemed much better once I rinsed her off and held her close for warmth. She no longer had the fly eggs tugging at her fur or the fleas biting at her skin. Now that she was clean and warm I made up some rehydration fluids and measured the length to her stomach and slowly began to tube feed her. Unfortunately she is very thin and pale and because of being so weak she is unable to lap up liquids on her own right now. So in another few hours I will be up to give her some more fluids then slowly incorporate food in to her system. I think she will make a great recovery and I am very glad I was able to remove all of the eggs before they began to hatch!
Also, unfortunately I did not get any pictures of the release I did of the three juveniles tonight. But they all dispersed very quickly from their carrier off in to the wilderness. I think they will do great out there. :)