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Baby Possum

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Baby Possum was lost .... but now he's found
Image size
2592x3872px 1.79 MB
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D200
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Aperture
F/3.0
Focal Length
105 mm
ISO Speed
250
Date Taken
Apr 16, 2009, 7:13:42 PM
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Less than a week ago, we found that a mother possum died in our yard, crushed to death by the top of a birdbath that she apparently tried to pull down to have a drink from. By the time the animal control people came to take the body away, we found that there were four baby possums in her pouch, each about the size of the one in this picture. We pointed this out to the animal control people, and they simply told us that the babies were too young to survive without their mother, and that there was no animal rehabilitation center nearby that would take them in. So they bagged the still alive babies with their dead mother and departed. I wanted to cry. 

How old do they have to be in order to be viable, I wonder? Was there something else we could have done? I'm haunted by these questions.