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"The Inspiring Experience of Rehabilitating Opossums A Journey of Care and Release of Opossums"

For over a year, we embarked on an unforgettable and enriching experience of caring for and rehabilitating wild animals. It all began when our organization started assisting the sanctuary 'Keeper of the Wild,' which specializes in rehabilitating wildlife. We dedicated ourselves to learning every small detail about the animals and even took various courses to enhance our knowledge and skills in caring for different species.


Our first experience was with squirrels. For a year, we took care of around 15 squirrels, and it was a tremendous journey of learning and adventures. Throughout this time, we had the privilege of getting to know exceptional female volunteers from the sanctuary who dedicate their time to protecting and releasing these little creatures.



After dedicating time and effort to caring for squirrels, we felt the need to explore the care of another species, and we found a new and exciting adventure in helping opossums from their tender infancy until they were ready to return to the wild.


Our first tenants: It all began with the encounter of three little orphaned opossums. At just one month old, these vulnerable creatures arrived at our organization. Learning about their needs and behaviors was a fascinating and challenging process.

From the complexities of their diet to creating a safe and stimulating environment, each day brought new challenges and learning opportunities.

Raising these little opossums was a fascinating experience that allowed us to immerse ourselves in the world of wildlife.

Observing their behavior in a controlled environment provided deeper insights into their natural instincts, social interactions, and adaptability. The wisdom gained from nature taught us valuable lessons about peaceful coexistence and respect for all forms of life.



The Challenges of Care: Raising opossums was not without its challenges. As they grew, their individual personalities became more evident. Some were bold and curious, while others showed timidity and caution. Adapting to their unique temperaments and needs was a process that taught us patience and understanding.

The process of preparing them for release into their natural habitat brought new challenges. We started taking them to the yard where they were surrounded by plants, and at night, we began to release them in a very pleasant enclosed space. However, the next day, it looked as if a tornado had passed through. These little ones were too active and curious during the night.


The Release: The long-awaited day finally arrived. After months of loving care and dedication, the opossums had grown enough to be released into their natural habitat. Though it was a bittersweet moment, watching them run towards freedom and face the world as strong and independent creatures filled us with joy and pride. We knew they had found their rightful place in nature, where they truly belonged.


A Bond Forever. Although they have departed, the impact of this opossum-raising experience will remain in our hearts forever. The special connection we formed with these wild animals left a profound mark on us and strengthens our commitment to protect and care for wildlife in all its forms.



Concluding Thoughts: Our time as opossum caregivers has been a journey of self-discovery and empathy towards nature. We have learned to value the importance of preserving ecological balance and to recognize the beauty in every living being. This experience has shifted our perspectives on the natural world and instilled an unwavering passion to continue protecting and helping wild animals, one at a time.


We invite you to watch our video, which describes our entire learning process until the release of our opossums.




What can you do if you find a dead opossum?

If you come across a dead opossum, there are a few steps you can take:


Simply put on a pair of gloves and look for a pouch on the lower abdomen of the animal. If you don't have gloves on hand or are simply too squeamish to handle a dead opossum, call a wildlife rehabilitator, and they will likely be able to send a volunteer to assist.





Opossums are not dangerous animals, on the contrary, they are docile and very nervous.

If you find one, don't attack it! Protect it!

Call Keeper of the Wild

843-636-1659


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