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Two orphaned opossums find new home thanks to Oregon Zoo

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Oscar, a young opossum orphan, gets a checkup at the Oregon Zoo before his transfer to Atlanta. (Shervin Hess / Oregon Zoo) Oscar, a young opossum orphan, gets a checkup at the Oregon Zoo before his transfer to Atlanta. (Shervin Hess / Oregon Zoo)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Zoo had a few unexpected visitors late this May when two opossum joeys found their way into the zoo.

The orphaned marsupials, estimated to be younger than two months old, were found digging in trash cans on a pathway in the zoo’s Great Northwest area.

After animal care staff caught the two male marsupials and determined they were both healthy after a health check, the zoo faced the challenge of finding them a home.

Although opossums are regularly featured at zoos and wildlife centers in educational programs because they are considered great ambassador animals, they are not currently being featured in Oregon Zoo presentations.

Opossums are found in North America, however, it is illegal to rehabilitate and release the species in Oregon because they are not native to the western states. 

Recognizing that they could be unable to be the permanent home for the marsupials, zoo staff began to reach out to other institutions.

On June 2, the two tiny opossums, named Oscar and Fluffy after the two Muppets that lived in trashcans on "Sesame Street," were flown out to their new forever home at Georgia’s Zoo Atlanta.

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