Monday, April 14, 2008
Wolfgang & Possy
This weekend saw two rescues at the Tefi homefront. Wolfgang, a beautiful white huskie, came up to me on Saturday as Jason and I were unloading the car after a trip to the nursery. With a nudge Wolfgang introduced himself and wouldn't leave my side. Now he's in our backyard waiting for us to find him a "forever" home. He's super sweet, neutered, well-mannered, knows "sit", loves car rides, and hates no one. I took him to Rutherford and am currently treating him for a severe ear infection, but other than that he's per-fect. We named him Wolfgang, and he likes the name just fine. Then today, after spending most of the day in bed sick with sinus crud, I went outside with Wolfgang and Oliver for some fresh air. Suddenly, Oli started going ca-razy over in the bushes. I finally got sick of his barking and went to see what he was barking at. I shoved him over to find this curled up and shaking: When I realized she wasn't dead, I scooped her up and held her swaddled in a towel for about 20 minutes to warm her up. I knew enough about stress and trauma to get her warm before doing anything else. I dubbed her Possy, and she was with me for about 6 hours. Joe from DFW Wildlife Coalition came to get her. He said she's about 3 months old and was recently abandoned by her mother. Apparently, that's what mother opossums do when they've got too many babies to schlep around. He also told us that opossums do not carry any diseases -as marsupials, their body temp is too low to harbor parvo, rabies, etc. They also don't bite, and are very slow and docile. Possy lay cuddled in a precious hairy lump for a couple hours, then spent the rest of the time huddled in a corner and on a hot water bottle that I put in her cage. Joe will rehabilitate her for about a month and then free her (and others in his care) up near Denton. Fare thee well, little Possy!