Ophelia had a rough beginning. She was born a wild Virginia Opossum in the woods outside of Tallahassee. Like all marsupials she began her life in her mothers warm pouch surrounded by her brothers and sisters. Once space becomes cramped opossums climb out of the pouch and ride on moms back. Virginia Opossum moms must be very patient because they can have many little ones riding and clinging onto their backs. Unfortunately, tragedy struck, Ophelia's mother was hit by a passing car. I kind stranger stopped to check on their condition and brought them to the local rehabilitation center, The Florida Wild Mammal Association.
At The Florida Wild Mammal Association it was determined that Ophelia's mother had succumbed to her injuries and had passed away. All the babies looked to be in good condition, a testament to their mothers care. All except one, little Ophelia had sustained a horrible break in her front left leg. A decision was made to amputate the limb. Opossums are highly adaptable and can live full and happy lives with missing limbs. But they cannot return to the wild.
Being that Virginia Opossums are the only marsupial in North America Ambassadors of Nature was looking for an ambassador opossum at this exact time. A call went out to Florida rehabilitation centers and to friends to find Ambassadors of Nature an opossum in need of a home. We recieved an email about
a young opossum with a great temperate in need of a home. We immediately contacted FWMA and were so excited to meet this sweet girl. In September of 2018 we made the trip to pick up Ophelia and bring her to our facility and her new home. She was nervous at first but once she was comfortable you couldn't stop this little girl from exploring her new world. Ophelia is now an excellent ambassador for her misunderstood species and works hard to change the hearts of hundreds of people every year!