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How to Check a Opossum Pouch

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Did you know that even if a mom opossum passes, the babies in her pouch can still be alive?

If you have found a deceased opossum, always check to see if there are babies in the pouch!

Opossums are the only marsupials in North America. Marsupials carry their babies in a pouch as they grow. The babies will be attached to the mom by her teat until they are big enough to climb on her back for a lift.

If there are babies in her pouch, very carefully and slowly pull the babies off of the mothers teat. They might try to grab onto her fur so pull them very gently off avoiding any trauma injury. Listen in the area found for any hissing sounds, then crying, as sometimes babies will be shook off from the trauma or wander off in desperation. Place the babies in a box on a heat pad set on low under half of the box. Keep in a dark and quiet place.

Reminder, do NOT feed or handle and call Carolina Wildlife Conservation Center immediately at (980) 389-1133.

mom opossum with babies in pouch
Photo: Wild at Heart Rescue

Carolina Wildlife Conservation Center is a wildlife rescue and sanctuary in North Carolina.

  • Staffed by state-licensed wildlife rehabilitators

  • Our patients come from all over the state

  • Conservation through rehabilitation

  • 24-hour care

  • Large wildlife hospital

  • 105 acres of preserved wildlife land

  • All rescued animals are released back into the wild

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