Now I lay me down to sleep...

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© May Lattanzio
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This is Pogo. He had the unfortunate experience of being bitten by one of my dogs as he tried to make it back to his natal nest somewhere under the house.

I found him on Mother's Day. One of the dogs grabbed him across the shoulders.

He must have been very much in pain and played possum half the day. I cleaned the wound on one side, but there was no blood until late that night on the other side.

The bite did not pierce any vital organs, but I'm not sure it didn't damage his spine. I'm hoping he will not be paralyzed. His back legs now show signs of movement. :c)

By last night he was eating well, didn't want food on his mouth, and stretched his back legs. I turn him often so as not to let him get pneumonia. The wounds are nearly healed (what resilience) and have not become infected.

Pogo is about 6 inches long without his tail.

I raised an orphan opossum years ago to release. They are quite remarkable.

If he is compromised and not paralyzed, I will keep him for a wildlife ambassador to display with a licensed wildlife rehabber friend.

But for now, he continues to improve at every meal.

He hates scrambled eggs and mashed blueberries. He took mashed apple today in his slurry.

I found him at my feet on Mother's Day, just a minute or two after he was injured.

How can I not care for him?

Please keep him in your prayers.

PS: Sometime between the time this was taken and about 5:30 p,m. tonight, dear Pogo passed away. I may remove this photo.

16 responses

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2010):

    What a sweet little baby oppssum (sp). It looks like it has its tiny hands folded in prayer. Are you rescuing it? Very good capture!!!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2010):

    AWWWW!! this is too cute..

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2010):

    Bless your heart, May.... I can't believe his little paws.. in prayer position. Precious.

  • Mig

    Mig said (11 May 2010):

    Bless you, May. Of COURSE you had to take care of him. Precious thing. Keep us posted, please!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2010):

    Oh May! I am so sorry. You are an angel!! You can't save them all but it is so wonderful that you try.

  • John Buffett

    John Buffett said (11 May 2010):

    Good luck to the cute little marsupial.

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (12 May 2010):

    Let the photo stay...a tribute to those who need us, and to those who go out of the way to care for them. Soft and gentle words will be spoken for Pogo

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (12 May 2010):

    Oh May!! How sad. You are so wonderful for doing all you could for him. Fantastic shot.

  • Ragan

    Ragan said (13 May 2010):

    You tried your best. I'm so sorry.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (13 May 2010):

    Please DO NOT TAKE HIS picture down.... Let it stay as a remembrance to a sweet little Creature who really tried so hard to stay with you. RIP little Pogo. And yes he IS saying his prayers.

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (14 May 2010):

    An adorable photo and moving story!

  • Mary Witt

    Mary Witt said (17 May 2010):

    May, this is the most adoreable picture. It could be used for a cover on a children's book. I haven't been on jpg very much. Got to get in a better mood and get motivated.

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (17 May 2010):

    Although I lost precious Pogo, I managed to live trap his very frightened and very much alive, sister. I am still setting the traps. I believe there are more under the house, and of course, Momma. The Virginia opossum makes several nests, and the dogs are still sniffing the slide hole. She may have left with the other babies. I will make sure Beany is eating well and grows some so she isn't so vulnerable to owls, cats and dogs. I am covered by a licensed professional, and can raise her to release in the Big Bend forest, where she won't fall victim to a vehicle.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (16 Mar 2011):

    Gone but not forgotten. RIP little one....

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (17 Aug 2014):

    Remarkable photograph and attitude.

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