whew! busy busy holidays… but i’m housesitting as a favor, so i get the house to myself for three whole days! it’s only been 12 hours or so but I’ve pumped so many times my teats are sore already! any suggestions for what to do with myself for three days?
The first female (wild) roadkill I pick up… and she has babies.
In the same spot where I picked up a large, dead male opossum just a few weeks ago, I come across another opossum. I turn the truck around and my headlights fall on her mangled body. I actually wasn’t going to take her home, just move her off the road…. then I saw the babies.
Babies were strewn around the road, smashed and mangled. One clung to her chest and I gently pried it away and frantically searched for something to put it in. I dumped my “roadkill kit” in the back seat of my truck and put the little guy and two dead siblings in the container. I could see another baby wriggling around still latched to a teat, but by this time I had been in the road far too long to feel comfortable… so I gently picked up the mother and placed her in my truck bed and rushed home, frantically calling my friend who does rehab.
When I got home I got a call from my friend Melody, who clearly got my three or four messages (phone and facebook) and was happy to help. I could barely see through the tears.
Not long after, I got a call from wildlife-rehabilitator who was more than happy to help even though it was almost midnight. THANK YOU. (My name is Vickie, by the way… haha.)
Three babies are tucked in a box filled with towels and warm water bottles. I’m going to check them again shortly and see how they are doing, and check them throughout the night until I can get a hold of a licensed rehabber in the morning. There’s a guy local who does it, so I will try to find him first because he’s literally ten minutes from me. If that fails, I’ll contact others.
I don’t know what to do with the mother and the dead babies. Right now they are in the freezer, together… I stroked the mother’s head and held her paw and told her I would do my best to help her living babies… but there’s so much out of my control.