Orphaned Wildlife:  Opossums


Q: I found a baby opossum – is he orphaned?

A: Baby opossums are born as embryos, barely larger than a bee.  They crawl up to their mother’s pouch where they spend about 2 months attached to one of her 13 nipples.  Sometimes when baby opossums get to be about 3-4 inches big, they ride around on mom’s back – if they fall off, she may not know they are missing.  The general rule is if the opossum is less than 7 inches long (without the tail) he is an orphan.  Over 7 inches long, he’s old enough to be on his own!