BENEFITING: PIEDMONT WILDLIFE CENTER
UPDATE - 6/1/15: After Penelope's first tail surgery, her tail didn't heal properly. She had to undergo an additional surgery to remove more necrotic tissue at the tip of her tail. She is now on a different antibiotic and we hope this is the last of her tail problems! Due to her additional surgery, we increased her fundraising goal.
Our wildlife ambassador, Penelope the Opossum, has had a rough life since the beginning. She was found as an orphan wandering in the streets near Atlanta, GA. She was rescued by a good samaritan and brought to a wildlife rescue in Atlanta. They cleaned off black "goo", and hydrated and fed her. She was getting better, but the rescue noticed that she had very poor balance and couldn't walk very well. Due to these issues she was deemed non-releasable and could not go back to the wild. That's when PWC stepped in and learned there was a virginia opossum that needed a home.
She has been a great addition to our wildlife ambassador programs. Unfortunately, she is still healing from her time as an orphan. Her tail had a small scab when we first received her, but it turns out that small scab was necrotic tissue (or dead tissue). It's taken a lot of time, antibiotics, tail wraps, and heat packing for Penelope's tail to improve. She's close to being as healed as she can be, but she's not quite there yet. Penelope will still need to have surgery to save as much of her tail as possible.
She is a sweet opossum who teaches children and adults all about our native opossums. She educates that opossums help control tick populations, they eat venomous snakes, and are the only North American marsupial! Can you spare a little to help us pay for Penelope's medical expenses? Thanks so much!