Phebe

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

On July 26, 2013, the Wildlife Center admitted Virginia Opossum #13-2013 along with her three siblings. The young opossums were found on their dead mother [who had likely been hit by a car] in Staunton, Virginia. While her three siblings were healthy, Phebe had an injury to her right eye. The eye injury did not respond to treatment, and on September 1, the veterinary staff determined that the eye would need to be surgically removed, making Phebe non-releasable. Naming rights were auctioned off at the 2013 annual gala and benefit fundraiser.