On Friday, new information was released about the condition of an opossum who was viciously beaten by teens in North Carolina. According to Tails of Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, the male possum has been cleared from “life threatening” injuries.
The sanctuary stated:
Mr Opossum has been cleared from life threatening injuries!!!!! He is bruised and banged up and has a major concussion but should be able to recover. It will be several weeks until we expect to see improvement. He is very lucky to not have sustained more severe injuries. He was bleeding from his ears and nose on intake.
According to the sanctuary, the possum would have died if no one had intervened on his behalf. The injured animal will be treated and cared for until he is healthy once again.
The abuse this opossum suffered
The opossum was found being beaten with a 2×4 on Edgewater Lane in Richlands. A woman saw some teenagers beating this handsome boy when she stopped them and brought him to the sanctuary.
The misunderstood opossum
Many people incorrectly assume that opossums are pests which should be destroyed. It is important for the truth about these misunderstood creatures be shared. Opossums have a low body temperature which protects them from contracting rabies. They are scavengers who eat insects (estimated to consume 5000 ticks per year!), garbage, fruit and dead animals. Possums are the only marsupial in North America. Though opossums may look fierce, they rarely attack and if threatened, they are known to “play dead” in self defense.
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