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Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released! 

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Adult Virginia Opossum

By Sarvey Wildlife / Monday, January 16, 2017 /

She arrived on Saturday after being found in the road in Arlington. We believe she was hit by a car. Her front paws were bloody. She is doing well and nothing appears broken. She is a BIG girl.

People are often scared of these guys. They open their mouths and show off their teeth, but they also "freeze". Our Clinic Manager, Jessie, is holding this girl and the opossum is not moving.

We try to explain to people that they may look fierce, but they are actually scared. We LOVE opossums. They are amazing and eat ticks and other bugs, or dead things you may not want in your yard.

Their low body temperature keeps them from contracting most diseases. They do NOT carry rabies. They are North America's only marsupial and are NOT related to rats, they are actually related to kangaroos and koala bears! Status: died. Sadly, she passed away from her injuries. There was significant internal damage. 

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