North American Opossum [Didelphis virginiana]
After his mother was hit by a car, two-month-old Momo and his 9 siblings were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator who noticed three of the joeys (baby marsupials) had deformities on their hind legs and feet. The rehabber reached out to the Museum in hopes of finding them a permanent home.
At the time, native mammals could not legally be kept in Vermont. After working with State Fish and Wildlife, the Museum became participants in a pilot program for housing non-releasable native mammals for education in the State. Opossum lifespans are surprisingly short, rarely living more than two years in the wild and unlikely to even see three in captivity.
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