Missy Dubuisson is the founder of Wild At Heart Rescue. She is a person who is devoted to taking in possums. While she was caring for baby possums, she ended up witnessing the cutest thing ever: one of the baby possums began sucking his tail like a pacifier.
She shared with The Dodo, “As with any baby, they pacify. So this baby found his tail.”
Given the adorable habit, Dubuisson couldn’t help but whip out her phone in order to capture the moment on video.
She then shared it to Facebook, writing, “This wee baby possum￼ is sucking his tail like a pacifier!In between tube feeds, this is how you will find him. I normally place a ‘permanent’ feeding tube with this size babies~with skin glue, but I’m waiting for my extra tubes to come in. So until they do, I must tube feed each one instead of a “permanent” tube for now. So, this baby created his own pacifier!”
When the baby possum and his six siblings arrived at the rescue, they each weighed less than a quarter. They were completely helpless without a mother, but Dubuisson was determined that with a little love and plenty of care, they would grow up strong.
She said, “The babies are born the size of a bean and make their way to the pouch where they continue to grow. These babies were just a few weeks old.”
In order to make sure the possum babies were warm, the rescue creates a faux pouch in order to mimic their mother as the babies incubate. Once they’re bigger and more active, they then get moved to outdoor enclosures in order to get used to the weather, as well as practice how to make nests for themselves.
Dubuisson believes that all possums deserve a chance at life, therefore it’s important to try to save all of them. She is dedicated to educating her community on the benefits of having possums around, as well as dispelling fears. Possums rarely have rabies, but they will eat anything in their path, including venomous snakes and as many as 5,000 ticks per season.
Dubuisson said, “Possums are very misunderstood. [They] are responsible for reducing ticks that cause the Lyme disease and do awesome snake patrol and carrion cleanup. These possums are much needed in our environment.”
Once this batch of babies have grown up and are ready to be released, Dubuisson will be looking out for any of her followers who may like some snake patrol on their land.
The rehabilitated possums will then be transported and released to a wooded area to live their best life.
In order to help Dubuisson continue her very hard work rescuing and rehabilitating possums, click here to make a donation to Wild At Heart Rescue.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.