Dragged, choked, bloodied, and bruised, this critter is alive thanks to NHS, Wildlife Rehab

By on November 5, 2019

If the author George Saunders wishes to make a character sympathetic, he often employs the “Sugar Man” technique, or something like it.

When thinking on how to make a reader feel for someone, Saunders will stick that someone in the rain. On his birthday. He’ll also cut that someone in half and reveal that the someone is made of sugar. Ouch.

Now, people aren’t made of sugar, don’t often get caught in the rain on their birthdays, and even less frequently are they sawed in half. These things just don’t happen. What does exist, however, is something like undeserved misery, and sometimes we need an exaggeration like the one detailed above in order to experience that familiar painful feeling anew.

What would make you feel sympathy for an opossum? We’re guessing you probably don’t have to be taken to the lengths of the Sugar Man, but possums aren’t atop many folks’ lists. The one in this local story is rising our list after his harrowing journey.

From the Nebraska Humane Society’s Facebook page:

A few days ago an opossum was found on the side of a road with a rope tied around his neck. He was bloody and bruised, and it was clear that he had been dragged around and badly abused by someone. Luckily someone found him before it was too late and called Animal Control, who then took him to Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc.

They monitoring his breathing, which was labored due to the amount of blood in his nasal passageway. After a few days of giving him pain meds and letting him recuperate in peace, it looks like he’s going to make a full recovery! We’re so thankful for our friends at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc. – they take such great care of animals like this opossum every day and we don’t know what we’d do without them.

We don’t always think of the shelter as possum rescuers, but being charged with animal control in the area includes saving critters like the one above. The shelter works all the time with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, a necessary organization that helps care for area bats, possum, fowl, and more.

If you’d like to support either organization, see the links below.

Though we always think of the domestic animals, we sometimes forget about what organizations do for those that don’t live inside, go on walks, or snuggle up with us on the couch. They too deserve the help and our sympathy, even if they aren’t made of sugar.

Click here to support the Nebraska Humane Society. Also, consider giving a token of your thanks to Nebraska Wildlife Rehab by clicking here.

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