Two baby opossums that survived when their mother was killed by a passing vehicle on Madison Avenue in Red Bank early Thursday morning were taken to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls by borough animal control officer Henry Perez.
Because opposums are marsupial, the pouched offspring often survive such incidents, Perez said. And the outlook for the babies is positive, he said. After receiving initial care from the vet, they’ll be turned over to volunteer “rehabbers” and eventually released in the wild, he said. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
“It’s mating season, and the male apparently got a little too aggressive,” prompting the nine-inch-long female to climb over a barrier and flee, said borough animal control officer Henry Perez, who’s joined the search in the vicinity of Spring Street and Wallace Street.
Anyone who’s seen the Brazilian cherry-head red-foot tortoise is asked to call Perez at 848-482-0864. (Click to enlarge)