Skywatch Bird Rescue in North Carolina is presently dealing with an inflow of opossums rather than birds.
One particular opossum, a wounded mother, stunned the rescuers with her drive to bring not just herself, but her entire family, into safe hands.
According to Amelia Mason, founder of Skywatch Bird, this mother opossum appeared on the rescue’s steps approximately a month and a half ago. She made it inside the food preparation area, where she was apprehended by a volunteer.
“She had scrapes and an infected lesion on her forehead, and she was bleeding on her face and tail,” Mason added. “[She] appeared to be in a lot of pain.” Mason believes her injuries were caused by an assault in the wild by another animal.
Despite the fact that she was plainly weak and hungry, the opossum managed to identify the persons who could aid her the most. She was provided refuge right away so she could rest and heal from her injuries. However, it wasn’t until the next day that the rescuers discovered she was carrying babies in her pouch.
Mason added, “She’s the finest mom.” “[She] breastfed her offspring until they were able to feed on their own and had sharp teeth. She breastfed nine infants to full term, which means she has a lot of energy on her hands.”
Needless to say, this kind mother, who even holds hands with her children during naps, is deserving of recognition.
Her offspring, who were little and bald when they first arrived, have grown a lot in the last few weeks and are proving to be quite a handful.
“She’s rather peaceful, but her offspring are wild and not nice,” Mason explained, adding that this was a good thing since it meant her children would have a high chance of surviving in the wild.
The opossums will be released into the wild by the end of the summer if the rescue deems they are healthy enough.