This little expectant mother opossum was first caught in
a trap, and then someone shot her in the face putting 5 pellets into her
little face with a shotgun, and leaving her to die. The photo to the left is
what she looked like when she was found
First she was taken to Dr. Lori Cherney who
surgically removed four of five pellets from the little oneís face and
shoulder on April 25th. She was unable to get the fifth pellet, but the
inflammation had gone down. A scab on top of her head continues to heal and
fur is growing back.
In a later examination, Dr. Cherney said that the six
little ones in her pouch had doubled in size. Her weight increased from
about 5.4 pounds to nearly 8 pounds.
Two weeks after rehabilitation by Terese Evans of
the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project in Iowa, she and her babies were released on Merle and Vicki
Wilsonís property on Motherís Day. Merle and Vicki Wilson are members
of Wildlife Watch and we are so grateful to them for all that they do and
for sending us these photos and this story!
Right before her release, while still in the arms of
Terese, this adorable little opossum is telling all who will listen to her
what happened, and is asking for laws to make both trapping and hunting
illegal, and to criminalize cruelty to animals. Can you blame her?
Fare thee well, little one!