Animal Rescue from the Wild Kingdom

by Melissa Brunner

Dennis Dinwiddie at the Topeka Zoo is going to start avoiding my calls. Last year around this time it was baby bunnies, today it was baby opossums.

As I was getting ready for work today, hubby came upstairs to show me what he found while walking the dogs. He had these little guys cradled in his shirt:

A pair of baby possums who'd lost their mom were wriggling around, looking for something to eat it seemed. What do we do in these situations? We ask Dennis what to do! Superman that he is, he offered to come pick them up at our house, but, since I was headed to work in a few minutes, I told him I'd drop them at the zoo.

Interestingly enough, when I arrived, he had an adult possum in a cat crate on the back of the golf cart he was in - must be the busy season! He took a look at our little critters and said they looked big enough to be saved. He said they had a "possum expert" who would start feeding them a special formula using an eyedropper.

Thanks to Dennis and his helpers who will at least give these little guys (or girls!) a chance. They may be hairless and squirmy, but they are kinda cute!



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