The story of Wiggles
Poor Wiggles is the victim of a well-meaning person who had no training in how to care for injured wild animals. He was rescued by a good Samaritan after his Mom had been hit by a car. They carried Wiggles home and tried to care for him. As he got older they noticed that he had some issues with his feet and couldn’t get around like he should, so they brought him in for treatment.
Opossums require a very specific diet to meet their growing needs and unfortunately this little guy didn’t get all that he needed. He had rickets.
Though Wiggles has regained most of his movement, he is still too disabled to return to the wild. He will remain at FWMA and serve as a wildlife ambassador for his species within our educational program.
How your donation helps
Sponsor an Animal funds are used to provide a month of animal care, enrichment, diets, and habitat upkeep. For an opossum, these expenses are around $25 each month.
Diet: Cat food, fruit, vegetables, and proteins such as chicken, fish and eggs.
Supplements: Osteoform (strengthens bones) and Vionate (vitamins and minerals).
Habitat: Outdoor enclosure with nest box, climbing logs and pine straw flooring; cleaned daily.
Sponsorship for Wiggles: $25 per month
Did you know?
- Opossums are the only marsupial native to the United States.
- They have prehensile tails and opposable thumbs. (However they do not hang by their tails to sleep; this is a myth!)
- They will hiss, growl, and open up an impressive mouth (up to 50 teeth!) to defend themselves before “playing possum”