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    Default Baby opossums attached to dead mom

    Found a dead opossum hit by a car with babies still attached and wriggling around. They have hair, but eyes are closed. I brought dead opossum into my attic since it is hot up there. Rehabber opens at 9 am. Should I keep them attached to their mom?

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    NO!
    I don't know much about opossums but this I DO know - they are attached to and suckling from something that is beginning to decay and the milk in her body is too. It will make them very ill.

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    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...E7&FORM=VDQVAP

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    this short video shows baby opossum removal. She repeatedly says--"Pull from the BODY --NOT from the head...but the text was written opposite. I assume the body IS the proper holding area. because THAT is how she did the removal....

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    Default Re: Baby opossums attached to dead mom

    This is a different video showing extremely YOUNG babies in the pouch...Are your babies this tiny ?

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    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...06&FORM=VDQVAP

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    This video shows eyes-closed babies...but a little older that the last video-----




    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6&&FORM=VRDGAR



    Which one reflects the age of the babies that you saved ???



    Knowing the approx. age will help to decide on a feeding program for the babies....

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    I've never raised opossums but several TSB members are knowledgeable --and will come on soon to assist you....

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    In POST #3---BABY removal video--Sorry I posted the incorrect video--
    HERE is the removal video---OOOOPS.


    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...7&&FORM=VRDGAR

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    I know these are eyes-open babies...but the removal part was instructive.

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    I took them to a wildlife rehabber. All babies survived the night. She said one looks like he was injured. They just need to be cleaned and hydrated. One plus about this heat wave... I kept the mom and babies in my attic, so they were warm. Four detached themselves and were crawling around mom, calling for her (a puffing/hissing sound). One started to open his eyes. They are so cute.

    I should have asked the rehabber if I should have removed them from mom. I thought it would be more comforting for them to be with their dead mom than in a box of fleece.

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    A rehabber just told me to remove them from mom asap and dispose of mom, bc the babies will reattach if able to.

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    I took them to a wildlife rehabber. All babies survived the night.
    I hope you get a chance to visit and watch them grow. They grow rapidly and are so CUTE when they have fur and eyes opened.

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    I canít visit. They gave me info that I can check back with for updates. They said to wait 90 days for the most details bc opossums stay with them awhile.

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