Providing care for a baby opossum is not an easy task. A specialized wildlife rehabilitator best tackles it. Though, if you are situated in a region where a rehabilitation hub is not available, you can try to give baby opossum care to survive. The baby opossum will need full attention and regular feedings. Though even with human interference, baby opossums that don’t have a mother to handle them often die.
Let’s See Newborn Opossum Care Tips And Tricks
1. Place It In A Warm Place
To keep your rescued opossum baby healthy, you need to give it heat to warm. Gently put the opossum against your stomach or chest, and cover it with a soft cloth or your shirt. When the baby gets warmed up, lay it in a cardboard or plastic box with a soft cloth on the bottom.
2. Avoid Sunlight
Set a “low” heating pad under half of the box and lay the baby in a hushed, shaded area. Keep the baby away from direct sunlight because its body will get hot. Keep an eye at temperature repeatedly to ensure that the baby is just slightly warm to touch.
3. Nourish Your Opossum
Feed the opossum with reconstituted puppy milk replacement that you buy from your local pet store. Adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions to blend and feed the baby every 4 hours. Well, the amount of formula provided after each feeding vary depending on the size of the baby opossum.
For babies that are 10 grams, nourish .52 cc of milk substitution. For babies that are 10 – 25 grams, nourish/feed 1 cc, and for babies that are 25 -50 grams, nourish 1.74 ccs.
4. Increase Volume Of Food
Slowly, increase the volume of water and food provided as the baby’s size increases and the appetite increases. Yes! You can further use a syringe to nourish the baby by gradually injecting a small amount of water into its mouth. Hold a baby in a straight position when nourishing to evade aspiration of the formula. As you observe that your baby opossum is growing older, the formula may be provided in a less amount.
5. Excite Baby To Urinate
Excite the baby to urinate and shift its bowels after feeding. Always use a warm, soggy washcloth to massage over the baby’s anal and abdominal area lightly. Opossum feces are yellowish-brown, and if it turns into liquid or gets watery, you may be offering a high amount of formula, or the opossum may have developed enteritis.
6. Protect Baby’s Eyes
If your baby opossum has not opened eyes yet, you must take it to a professional rehabilitator as early as possible. Don’t try to feed or hydrate it. If a baby doesn’t open its eyes within 24 hours, it must be checked by a rehabilitator.
We understand if pet lovers find their pets in problem, they become emotional soon!
By following the mentioned above amazing tips and tricks, you can ensure your baby opossum is in good condition, and if you find any wrongness in it must visit a specialized rehabilitator.