This Indiana Opossum Sums Up How All Moms Feel Now and Then
From one mother to another mother, I see you, girl. I feel this photo in my bones.
When I came across this photo on Facebook it gave me a chuckle because I too have a kid who loves climbing all over me. And my response is usually, "STOP WALLERING ON ME." It doesn't mean we don't love them. We just don't want to be stepped on and squished in all the tender places. In fact, this sweet little marsupial loves her rotten little babies so much, she almost died protecting them.
Valparaiso, IN, based wildlife rescue Humane Indiana Wildlife posted the photo along with this caption:
Motherhood is hard. Her face says it all and she has our sympathy. No one wants kids climbing all over them when they aren't feeling 100%.
This wonderful mama was found in New Carlisle after getting into a skirmish with another animal. While her injuries are mild, she can use some time in rehab to heal in a safe place and gain some weight, as she is awfully skinny and can use some extra groceries. She is also absolutely filthy from the fight she got into with whatever tried to bother her and her precious cargo.
With only 3 babies, who are all larger, mom is more of a support system, at this point, than a food source. With babies climbing in and out of the pouch freely, these kiddos are starting to explore solid foods. Regardless, they are still only about 175grams each and certainly not old enough to be on their own. They will remain with mom, as she heals, and will be released with her when she is ready.
This mama has booked herself a bed and breakfast vacation (with kids) for Mother's Day. (Mom's, wouldn't that be great?!) To help her have the best mother's day possible consider supporting the cost of care for her and her precious kiddos! You can do this by donating to this post or at www.humaneindiana.org/wildlife-donate!! Even just $5 goes a long way to help support this special family!
The non-profit takes in all sorts of wildlife. In the past week, they've posted photos of a baby skunk, a young Eastern screech owl, a Virginia rail (bird), a tiny box turtle, foxes, and cottontails. Whew, they are busy and can't care for these animals without the public's help. To make a donation, visit them online on their donation page and be sure to keep up with the progress of Mama Possum and her babies on their Facebook page.