People like Joanna who have had an opossum in their life know just how great they are! Wild Things has had quite a few this year. Here is a picture of Mama Opossum and a couple of her babies. Mama was hit by a car while carrying all 11 babies in her pouch. 6 died at the accident site, and she had bad lacerations in her pouch, but incredibly she and 5 of her babies survived.
When she arrived at WTS there were a couple of little orphan opossums here. She started calling to them across the room, and they called back. I put them together and she instantly shoved them in her pouch and adopted them. This happened on Mother's Day!
And the babies keep arriving! This angry little missy was found at a local laundromat, trapped, and brought to WTS. She was in good shape, just needed a week or so to get back on her feet and pack on a few ounces. She has since been released and is living in the woods here. The night I let her go she ran into the woods never looking back- it's a lot nicer here than downtown at a laundy! All that I could see of her in the darkness was her tail held high as she disappeared into the night.