Domesticated Opossums Find New Homes at a Texas Wildlife Rehab

Posted by Jason Sarna
woman and opossum
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Nature's Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue in Fort Worth, Texas took in a brother/sister pair of Virginia opossum that somebody tried to rehab after their mother was killed.

The owners of the wildlife rescue, Mario and Brandi Nickerson, have dedicated their lives to the care and well being of all of nature's creatures. They rehab all native reptiles, bats, birds of prey, and mammals and help with the transport of other wildlife to permitted rehabilitators.

Posted by Nature's Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

According to the rescue organization's Facebook page, the two opossums are morbidly obese with the male weighing in at 14 pounds and the female weighing in at 11 pounds.

Posted by Nature's Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 
The marsupials are said to be "very imprinted to people, have never been outdoors, never learned how to hunt or forage for themselves, and they were fed a very poor diet."

Posted by Nature's Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 
Unfortunately, Nature's Edge and Reptile Rescue does not believe these two opossums will be able to be rehabbed and released back into the wild. However, they are scheduled to be placed in permitted education facility.

They wrote on Facebook:

"Situations such as this are why permits are needed to rehab wildlife. It ensures proper training in care and medical needs to return wildlife back to the wild."

 

If you would like to donate to Nature's Edge and Reptile Rescue, click here for more information.

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Domesticated Opossums Find New Homes at a Texas Wildlife Rehab