This is Rosie.
A while back, a friend of mine came upon a dead opossum at the side of the road. It was a large female. On the ground beside her, were 9 crushed babies.
When he turned her over, there was single live baby in the mother’s pouch. She was so young, her eyes were not yet open.
He gave her to me. I began bottle feeding her. For the first month or so, she lived in a sock.
Rosie was incredible. Curious, friendly and shockingly intelligent. I’d always been told that marsupials fell far short of the intelligence of placental mammals due to their smaller brains. Rosie made me question that. She had the entire floor plan figured out in a few runs, taught herself to open doors, and learned most things (including house training) in a few tries. She was very friendly, and was well behaved when I took her to school.
Eventually, I was able to find a more permanent home at a sanctuary, where she lives today. She does well with visitors and I still get emails about her occasionally.