Baby Opossums Cling To Lifeless Mom Until Kind Stranger Shows Up
This woman was late to work - and her bosses couldn't be happier she was.
A staff member at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society was driving to work when she noticed something unusual by the side of the road. Pulling over, she found a deceased opossum.
Fortunately, the staff member knew to check the opossum's pouch. Even if opossum moms die, their babies can still be alive; too often, opossums are hit by cars and their babies are left for dead while still alive and tucked into mom.
Sure enough, mom wasn't alone. The worker carefully lifted mom's body, babies and all, and placed her into a cage. She then prepared to leave.
But she was stopped just in time. "Before she left, Crystal heard the signature sound of a baby opossum in distress - it's a sneezing-barky-cough sound - next to her car," the center wrote on its Facebook page. "Two babies had been separated from the mom, and cold and scared, they crawled off of her. One was on the curb, and there was a second one in the grass next to the road."
Saved in the nick of time by their lucky squeaks, the little opossums were scooped up and placed in the transport cage with their mom and siblings. Heartbreakingly, they ran right back over to their dead mom and crawled back inside her pouch.
When the unusual party arrived at the center, rescuers gently removed the babies. They were "cold, scared, dirty and wet," the center wrote, and two had already died, but five more were hanging on.
The center quickly bathed and fed them, and tucked them into a makeshift pouch. While it's a far cry from being with mom, these cute little babies now have a bright future, thanks to the work of a kind stranger.
"We are so sorry, Kiddos, that your mom didn't make it, but we'll do everything in our power to help you along," the center wrote.
If you'd like help support these opossums and the other animals in their care, you can make a donation to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center by clicking here and selecting "Wildlife Rehabilitation Center" under the "designation" field.