Sunday, May 4, 2008

Baby opossum rescue and the Rescuers need help too!

Saturday, we discovered a dead opossum - she had been hit by a car. Her babies -8 of them - were still alive. Some were still with her, most had crawled away into the grass at the side of the road. They were all very cold. So, I made a pouch of the front of my shirt and put them there so they could warm up. Back at the house I put them in a box with a heating pad to bring up their body temperature and called Monika Wilcox at Woodland Wildlife Rehab in Radcliff,Ky. I have taken her all kinds of wild animal waifs - a baby skunk, a worm ridden raccoon, baby birds, other baby possums, it goes on and on. She has a small yard that is filled with runs for the various animals she cares for.

Here are the eight babies getting heated up before the drive to Radcliff.
What a sweet baby face.
The drive through Irvington - distance from our house to Radcliff - 45 miles.
The incubator the possums now share with 7 other baby possums.
Monika the benefactress of countless lucky birds, mammals and reptiles - one time she had a
box turtle which had been stepped on by a cow. The season is just beginning for her - right now she has 700 baby birds, 15 possums and 11 raccoons. I tried taking pictures of the baby birds, but they came out too blurry. Pretty soon, she will be overrun with fawns. In this picture, she is holding an opossum that will be 1 year old in October. I believe his name is Bob ( I could be wrong) and he is not releasable.

I am so grateful to have Monika and Woodland Wildlife - she works around the clock caring for these animals, I don't know how she does it. I always take a donation - we took a $50.00 check to offset the expense of the possums, but Woodland Wildlife really needs donations. If you can help, please send a tax deductible check to:

Monika Wilcox

Woodland Wildlife Rehabilitation

297 N. Woodland Dive

Radcliff,KY 40160

(270) 351-3509

Monika has many birds that can't be released back into the wild and so are permanent residents
like these barn owls, the red shoulder hawk and the great horned owl below.


daphne said...

Weird world. I worked there from 2000 to 2002, and currently I have a baby possum on my diningroom table. The problem? Right now, I live in Washington state. No Monica.

The whole world needs Monicas.

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