Species Name (EN): 
Virginia Opossum
Species Name (LA): 
Didelphis virginiana
Patient Status: 
Educational Animal

Ophelia was orphaned when her mother died in a vehicle collision in the spring of 2023; the young opossum was raised by an at-home permitted rehabilitator and was later deemed non-releasable due to signs of habituation to humans. Ophelia arrived at the Wildlife Center in July 2023 and began training as an education ambassador. The root of her name is Ancient Greek, meaning aid or helper; opossums aid in getting rid of many unwanted pests, including ticks. They also help the Center outreach team teach thousands of people each year!

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