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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.
Also by May Lattanzio
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