GiGi, a female Virginia opossum (patient #19-1238), was admitted to the hospital along with her two siblings in April 2019. The trio was found huddled in a corner along the outside of a house in Cape Coral and were taken to a drop-off location. GiGi and her siblings were in perfect health, except that GiGi was missing a majority of her tail. Veterinarians surgically cleaned the site and it has now healed, but without her tail, she cannot be released back to the wild.
Fun Fact: Virginia opossums are very resisitant to the rabies virus, likely due to their body temperature being lower than most mammals. They also help limit the spread of Lyme disease by eating ticks off their own bodies.