Deb Reinhart, a veterinarian and avid jogger who lives in Seattle, was recently in town to visit her mother. Heading back from a run on her mom's tree-lined residential street, Reinhart spots an opossum in the gutter, mildly mutilated from an unsuccessful encounter with a car. "If she's a female, there may be babies in the pouch," she mused, kneeling carefully to make sure the mom-possum wasn't going to bite. Gently, she probed the pouch--possums are marsupials, like kangaroos. Their embryonic offspring crawl from the mother's vagina into her pouch, where development is completed. Reinhart lifted two worm-like, oozy things up close to her face. Their heads wiggled, rooting for milk. "These guys might make it," she said. Her mom knew where to find wildlife rescuers on the Internet. Within an hour, the two barely born opossums were snuggled in a towel in a cage with a mother possum who seemed ready and able to accept the orphans. The cage belonged to a wildlife rescue volunteer, whose home was crowded with squirrels, opossums and rabbits. Most were injured but healing, nearly well... More >>>