Post # 1
I thought I would share with you my morning adventure!
When I went to let the dogs out I heard a very strange hissing/clicking/chirping sound and for the life of me couldn’t figure out what the heck it was. Later when I was loading up my car I still heard it and thought it was some strange, or possibly sick bird. As I finally went to leave my curiousity got the best of me and I tried to figure out what it was and where it was coming from.
The sound lead me to the bushes next to my patio and there I saw a little movement in the bushes. After pushing away some of the leaves I saw a tail and thought “ewww a rat!” Then it continued to move towards the sidewalk and I saw the cute little face of an oh so very small opposum. I was in love! I didn’t know these guys could be so stinking cute. It was the size of my hand, smaller without the tail.
I immediately called the local wildlife rescue and told them “I’m bringing an opossum and it’s itty bitty.” I then rummaged through my car and got out my container that holds random car junk (ie; important tools I have no intention of using…hello AAA). I put a towel inside and set it sideways next to the bush. Obviously alarmed the opossum starting shaking a bit more and was more vocal. I distracted it with a stick to look one way and pushed the container all the way to the edge of the bush…and waited. Nearly 10 minutes later the little guy wandered inside the container on his own and I put a towel over it to keep it dark. I seat belted in the container (yes, I really did) and hurried to the wildlife center.
It was so fun, but man was I nervous for the little guy. Any local cat could have had a tasty meal. They are going to include me in his (or her) release when he/she is old and big enough to be set free. They typically wait until they are much larger and can manage against a dog/cat. THey estimated it was only five months old and likely fell off its momma’s back when she took off. They call those little guys that get left behind “clingers.”
Here he (she) is:
Post # 3
I’m an absolute devil for picking up stray animals… that’s how FI and I ended up with three cats, for starters!
What a sweet little thing. I’m so glad you took him in. Good work!
Post # 4
eeeee I don’t like those things! There’s a huge one that lives under the neighbors deck, I thought it was a small dog at first….
Post # 5
@Westwood: Yeah but he was so little! I mean seriously smaller than my hand and oh those big ears. He thought he was so tough. 😀
Post # 7
SOOO cute, pity it’ll be so ugly when it gets older >,<
Post # 8
awwwwwwwww what a cutie!!!
Post # 9
@Treejewel19: oh Hims so cute!!
Post # 10
When they do release it, please please please make sure it’s done in an area without any horses anywhere nearby. Opossums can carry a protozoa that doesn’t harm them, but causes a horrible neurological disease in horses (and can only be given to horses by opossums). This is my horse almost falling over when he had the disease: http://epmhorse.org/images/Mark1.jpg (and he did fall down all the way some too, just not on camera). He luckily survived (after over $2k in medicine), but many horses die from this.
Post # 12
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. They really give me the hee bee gee bee’s.
I see no cuteness!
Post # 13
eeeeeeewwwwww sorry but i find them hideous.
Post # 14
I usually don’t like them because I almost got attacked by a rabid one (he was less than 1 foot away from me and I ran faster than I ever have in my life) but this little one is cute.
I’m a sucker for helping strays as well. I took in a baby bunny once and got it to the wildlife sanctuary so he could be looked after.
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: Awww! I think they’re just the cutest things. I had a customer that had one as a pet. He raised it from a newborn and it was raised with dogs and thought it was a dog.
Post # 16
AWWWWWWWW!!!!! I want to rub his little ears :3 I’m a sucker for anything with four legs.