|Dr. Louise Conrad with our now two-year-old opossum|
Time flies. And opossums age. But, then again, don't we all.
The Ijams opossum, a beloved favorite education animal, is celebrating her second birthday. A school field trip highpoint, she is often shown to woos and ahhs.
Injured two years ago, she was taken to UT Veterinary Hospital and treated but ultimately it was determined she was non-releasable. Although in the wild, Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana)—North America's only marsupial—rarely live past the age of three (a remarkably short lifespan for any mammal). However, we are hopeful that with the constant care of our on-staff vet, Dr. Louise Conrad, our sweet marsupial lives many, many more years.
- Text and photos by Stephen Lyn Bales.
|A photo taken shortly after her arrival in 2010.|