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28 April 2010 @ 08:52 pm
Possum rescue!  
While parking my car around back, I saw something small and grey-brown nosing round in the grass. Rat, I thought, and then it lifted its head and I saw it was a little opossum. Out looking for food in broad daylight, which isn't normal, and awfully small. Still, I didn't want to disturb it, so after watching it for a while I went around front to plant flowers and give mom a chance to show up.

Later consultation with the Silicon Valley Wildlife rescue web page suggested that opossums under seven inches were too young to be on their own, so I went to check on it. Still wandering around the yard, and limping a bit. Given that the sun was going low, and my yard has at least three cats that visit at night, I got my housemates to help winkle it out from under my car and swooped it off to the Humane Society, which does night intake for the SVWC.

Of course, I just now have found a site that suggests that possums 4 to 6 inches long are fine on their own, so it's possible I rescued a perfectly healthy non-orphan. But I'd really like to avoid Cinder coming in at night and showing me the very large mousey she caught.

No pictures, because I didn't think to do so when it was wandering around the yard, and once I got it to the shelter they didn't want me to unwrap it and stress it.
Madeline the Edifyingzdashamber on April 29th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Well done! Saving small critters!
Lauratavella on April 29th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, possums are *really* easy to catch, at least if you can get them out from under the car. Walk up to them and they just crouch down and go still. It's not just a metaphor!
mikkeneko on April 29th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope it does OK!
Lauratavella on April 29th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
So do I! It didn't look thin, so if it was orphaned it hadn't been for long. If I had seen it at night, or if it was able to climb a tree, I would have let it be, but I just didn't see a little possum on the ground making it long around here, and it must have been in some level of distress if it was out and about during the day.
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