Yesterday, a client brought in an opossum who was nearly at death’s door. It had been attacked by a dog, but the dog was able to catch it due to its emaciated and dehydrated state. It had frostbite on its tail and overall was not looking good. The injuries from the dog weren’t nearly as concerning as the opossum’s extremely poor body condition.
After warming it, giving it fluids and a night of rest, the med staff were pleasantly surprised to find a fiesty, snarly opossum in the cage this morning. It’s these recoveries of animals that you just don’t think are going to make it, that give us all a bit more hope overall.
A big thank-you to the client in Andover who took the time to rescue what appeared to be a dying animal, rather than just letting it suffer.
While we didn’t take photos of this opossum (we try to not stress animals any more than necessary), here’s a photo of a released opossum taken by our volunteer Becki S.