What to do if you find…
If you find a baby opossum wandering around your yard, first establish that the baby opossum needs to be rescued. If the baby looks healthy, it is best to wait and watch from a distance for one to two hours before taking action. It’s possible that the young opossum has gained its independence from mom and it doing just fine. If the baby opossum is injured or being stalked by a predator, it’s time to bring the baby to Native Animal Rescue.
1. Always wear gloves when handling opossums.
2. Warm a soft cloth in the dryer or in the microwave oven for no more than 30 seconds and place it in the bottom of a box with air holes and a lid.
3. Carefully lift the baby the scruff of the neck and place it in the ventilated box. Make sure the box has a lid so the opossum can’t climb out.
4. Close the box and bring it to Native Animal Rescue following the directions below.
5. If you are uncomfortable handling the baby, call Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726.
Injured Adult Opossum
1. A dead or dying opossum on the road may be carrying up to 13 uninjured babies in its pouch. You can check the body of hit-by-car opossums for living infants. If there are infants, immediately take the mother to Native Animal Rescue.
2. Except for the above instance, do not handle, feed, or transport the opossum.
3. Contact Native Animal Rescue at 831-462-0726.
4. If you are unable to contact Native Animal Rescue, call Wildlife Emergency Services at 831-429-2323.
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