What does a mother opossum do in a downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan business district when it has been storming? According to the Wildlife Rehab Center, the new mama may have been wandering about on Tuesday looking for food when the torrential rains began. Running to avoid the storm, she hurried near the door of a local business where the overhang kept her dry.
“We suspect she found this a nice place to escape the storm and got stuck once people and cars starting picking up; she just bowed her head and pretended she wasn’t there,” stated a post on the organization’s Facebook page. And with that John Bales, responded, “This is such a sad photo to look at. So glad there were people that were actually concerned with her welfare and got her relocated.”
And that’s just what happened. A call to the Wildlife Rehab Center, and luckily the organization’s “Possum Specialist” had been nearby. The misunderstood little one was safely captured, examined and found to have babies in her pouch. She was later relocated to a more opossum friendly environment and released where mom and babies could be safe.
Wonder what to do if you come upon a possum in need of rescue? According to the Wildlife Rehab Center, they suggest a rescuer take a cardboard box, turn it on its side and scoot the animal into it until a safe place for release is found. An experienced handler would use gloves, take hold of the tail and support the body with the other hand, but tools such as a box are safer for the general public. Be kind to all animals; it’s the way we’re meant to be. If you would like to help, donations to the organization can be made by clicking here.
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