Driving home from the ER around midnight, Casey Schmidt saw a critter in the center lane of the road. Casey was so close to hitting him that he couldn't help but have to stop and move whatever it was out of the way.
As he approached him by foot, he could see that he was sitting up, mouth dangling open with blood dripping from his jaw. As he got closer all the while stopping traffic, the little guy slowly turned his head and looked at him as if saying I don't know what to do here. So he snatched him up quickly and loaded him into the passenger seat destined for the soon to be garage possum Emergency Room.
Casey would like to thank the volunteers and financial contributors to Northwest Wildlife Center for their commitment to protecting our fellow life on Earth. Please see their website for details on how to donate.northwestwildlife.org/
Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. As nocturnal animals, they favor dark, secure areas, but these areas may be either above or below ground.
Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation -
Tucked near the woods on the Nooksack River in the small Western Washington town of Deming, the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation receives and treats hundreds of native wild animals every year. Run entirely by donation, the center operates under lead rehabilitator and lone staffer Stacy Wise. With a team of seasonal interns and volunteers year round, Wise and the people who dedicate their time and lives to the center help save the lives of native wildlife that have been injured, abandoned, are sick, or disoriented. These images are the culmination of several months spent in and around the center, on releases for success stories of animal patients brought in, even some of whom were raised by Wise and the volunteers and interns, to be released as thriving adults.