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Baby Possum

baby possum

03.27.2006 - I made a baby possum sighting, so I grabbed it and got some fighting, both with scratching and with biting, so now I'll do some possum writing. Baby possum on my shoulder, he is young but I am older, I am shy but he is bolder, my shoulder is a possum holder.  Baby possum climbs on me, I am big but he is wee, he is too young to be set free, he and I will drink some tea.  Baby possum tiny tail, tiny hands sized to scale, little bones are thin and frail, he does not belong in possum jail.  Baby possum is a clinger, he hangs around upon my finger, from his tail he is a swinger, from his mouth he is a singer.  Baby possum from possum land, five small fingers on each hand, digs about beneath the sand, plays in a merry possum band.  Baby possum mates through the nose, or that's how the story goes, I think that the story blows, that's the end of possum prose.

I really have nothing to say about this baby opossum.  Someone called me because it was in their garage, up on a shelf.  I removed it, and now I will bring it to a wildlife rehabber.  She will raise it for a short while and set it free in the wild.  Opossums are very self-sufficient, and they leave their mother at a tender young age.  So the opossum in this photo was already in the wild, doing its thing.  It does stand a better chance of survival if it's a bit older though, so I will bring him to Lee the rehabilitator, and she'll take good care of him.

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Opossum diseases from handling - The good thing about opossums is that they are naturally resistant to rabies. This doesn’t mean they never get the illness, it just means that cases are very rare. Still, you should never handle an opossum without knowing the risks. Most of the disease issues associated with this animal come from the ectoparasites that live on the opossum’s skin. Fleas and ticks are known carriers of certain illnesses like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Murine Typhus. Like many other mammals, the opossum can transmit leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that attacks kidney function. Salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and tularemia are illnesses transmitted through contact with feces. This is one of the primary reasons you do not want an opossum living inside of your home. These animals are notoriously messy and will leave waste everywhere they travel. If you are cleaning up after an opossum has been removed from your home, the best thing you can do is wear a respirator mask, gloves, and goggles. You should never take the risk of handling wild animal cleanup without protective gear. Catching one of these illnesses will mean time spent in the hospital and possible permanent damage to your body.

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