Commentators on social media were delighted to learn that the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently rescued an animal born with “retarded” eyes, leaving it blind.
The Humane Society shared the news in Public share on Facebook Which has garnered more than 1,500 likes and dozens of comments from people who thanked the rescue team for saving the “precious” creature.
According to the post, someone contacted HSHV about an opossum – named Sylvester – after it was discovered in the wild. At first, the rescue team thought some kind of attack had blinded the opossum. However, a more thorough examination told a different story.
“There was no sign of injury or trauma to his face, so we suspect he was born with underdeveloped eyes,” said Michael Shevak, HSHV field rescue officer. NEWSWEEK.
“The most surprising thing is that Sylvester was in very good shape given his disability and age,” Shivak continued. “While being born blind, an opossum would need to see once it was no longer dependent on its mother for food. Sylvester was close to full growth by the time he found his way to us, and it’s hard to tell how long he’s been running his own.”
Sylvester now resides at Wildside Rehabilitation and Education Center – a nonprofit organization in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. A spokesperson for the center said NEWSWEEK That Sylvester loves spending time with the staff and said his disability hasn’t stopped him from wandering.
“Sylvester likes to sit on your shoulders, and even your head if you’re wearing a hat he likes,” a Wildside spokesperson said. “He also likes to sit in his backpack, and keep staff and volunteers company throughout their work day.” “While sight is an obvious handicap, his nose and whiskers help him get around without much trouble.”
Those with HSHV said they were “impressed” by Sylvester’s resilience, and Shivak described it as a “joy.”
“There were no issues at all [with the rescue]. While it is clear that most of the wild animals we rescue are sick, injured and exhausted; “Sylvester was a delight,” said Shivak. “Our chief concern was to make sure that he was not in any kind of discomfort; and I think, to some extent, he understood that we meant no harm to him.”
Commentators are reacting
Commenters on Facebook loved the story and thanked the HSHV team for saving the “poor baby”.
“My dear poor fellow, thank you for your help,” said Brenda.
“Thank you for helping this precious being,” Laurie Black wrote.
Sandy commented, “This is so wonderful that he is living his life in a safe haven. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing him to safety.”
Justin added, “Thanks for saving them. Opossums are great but everyone I know is afraid of them and kills them.”
Are possums dangerous?
Despite their bad reputation, the Humane Society of the United States said opossums are gentle creatures.
The Humane Society said, “Opossums are rapping. Often seen as a pest and accused of everything from knocking trash cans to killing chickens, these quiet marsupials are rarely a threat and can easily be sent on their way.”
The Humane Society said that not only are these animals aggressive — their open whistling is just a “trick” — they can also be beneficial for gardens.
“[Possums will eat] Snails, slugs, insects, and sometimes small rodents. They will even clean up spilled litter and fruit that has fallen from trees,” the Humane Society explained.
Other animal rescues
In March, an animal shelter in Maryland announced that Max, A previously abandoned beagle in a parking lotHe found his forever home.
And a dog named Betty White broke records for adoption at a Houston shelter in January, Accumulated 10 orders in just 2 hours.