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Opossum hit by car, babies rescued in Monroe

May 22, 2019

MONROE — Police rescued opossum babies whose mother was hit by a car Wednesday morning.

Animal control officer Edward Risko said police received a call at 7:16 a.m. from a female motorist who said she had seen an injured opossum on the side of East Village Road, near Beardsley Road at the Shelton line.

When Monroe officers arrived, they found that Shelton police were already there. Unfortunately, Risko said, an officer had euthanized the opossum. However, four of her babies were found at the scene, alive and removed.

The babies were taken to a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator for continued care, Risko said. According to guidelines on the Monroe Police Department web site, when a baby mammal is found abandoned, it’s advised that the person who found the animals contact a wildlife rehabilitator instead of trying to care for the animals themselves.