I have a 3 year old female Opossum named Beatrix who was attacked by a dog when she was a baby. We believe the dogs crushed her pelvis, so she is practically paralyzed, even though she still has feeling.
She wore a diaper because when she was younger she would have to go more often and I wasn't home enough to see that she was "pottied" (think what you do with all baby mammals). But now she is older and can old it and we rarely have a mess.
Some facts about Opossums.
They are the shortest lived mammal for their size. Average life span is 2 years in the wild, 4 in captivity.
They can travel 2 miles per night looking for food.
They are immune to venomous snake bites, and rabies. Their body temperature is too low for the virus.
They are the only native marsupial to North America!
They have thumbs on their back feet, and instead of hanging by their tail, they use it more like a seat belt when climbing.
Opossums can not jump!
As a baby
The sweet face that I get to see every night when she wakes up and expects her food.
Please no comments about "rats" or EPM. She is my furbaby.