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)
The first four, originally believed to be all puppies, are now known to be three pups one a type of Pomeranian and an adult female, said Perez. It’s unclear if the adult, a Wheaten mix like three of the pups, is the mother.
It’s also unknown, and likely to stay unknown, if the animals, were born in the wild or dumped there, Perez said. They appear to have been using an exposed drainage pipe for temporary shelter, he said.
Four of the five were captured Tuesday morning and transported to the Humane Society facility in Tinton Falls for examination, said borough Animal Control Officer Henry Perez. The fifth got away, he said.
“They’re all really dirty, with mangled fur,” Perez said.
By JOHN T. WARD
Jeanette Petti of Oceanport and Ruth Rapkin of Tinton Falls say they will appeal the verdict by municipal court Judge James Berube, as well as his order that they each pay $650 in fines and relocate the colony. That, their lawyer said, would be a “death sentence” for five cats the women feed and provide medical care for.
“We should be considered heroes, not criminals,” for ensuring the health of the wild felines and thus, the community, Petti told redbankgreen after a two-and-a-half-hour trial at a special session of the court.
Two passersby try to corral a loose dog that chased a deer into Ridge Road in Fair Haven late Friday morning, causing the deer to be struck by a passing car. The deer had to be euthanized and the dog was returned to its owner in Rumson, animal control officer Henry Perez tells redbankgreen. (Click to enlarge)