Percy

First Time - March 4th, 2019

First Time - March 4th, 2019

First Time - March 4th, 2019

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Percy first came to Misfits Rehab after he was captured because the wonderful people noticed he had frostbite to his ears, toes and tail.

Surgery

First Time - March 4th, 2019

First Time - March 4th, 2019

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Sadly the damage to the tail was progressing and needed surgery to amputate

Not Happy

First Time - March 4th, 2019

6 weeks post release - May 22nd

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He was not happy about being captive and being handled but he had to stay with us until the weather warmed up.

6 weeks post release - May 22nd

6 weeks post release - May 22nd

6 weeks post release - May 22nd

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Percy was released and 6 weeks later the original rescuers found him looking odd and brought him back in to find out he had mange.

2 weeks after second release

6 weeks post release - May 22nd

2 weeks after second release

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Poor Percy was the victim of animal cruelty when a man stomped on him and cut his tail off as a "trophy".

X-ray

6 weeks post release - May 22nd

2 weeks after second release

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Little Percy had to have one more vertebrae removed in order to close the wound properly.

Surgery...again

Surgery...again

Surgery...again

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Luckily the surgery was a success and closed the wound properly

Permanent Guest

Surgery...again

Surgery...again

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Without a tail, an opossum is not going to survive well in the wild so Percy is now stuck with us for the rest of his life. So time for a new enclosure just for him.

Moving in

Surgery...again

King Of His Castle

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Time to check out the new setup

King Of His Castle

King Of His Castle

King Of His Castle

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He definitely seemed to come around and start enjoying the new enclosure.

Loving Life

King Of His Castle

Until the end

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It only took a few months for him to realize we did not mean him any harm and that we mean food. So he often greets us for his nightly meal when he hears us.

Until the end

King Of His Castle

Until the end

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Not sure how long we will have him since they only live approx 4 years maximum and we know he was approx 2 1/2 years old when he came in. But we will show him love and respect until the day he leaves this earth.

01/07/2020

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Yesterday Percy needed a nail trim

While holding him to trim just a few long nails he seemed to stress more than normal including stressed breathing. 

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Today we knew it wasn't the stress of nail clipping

He had not touched his cheese stick which was his favorite thing in the world. Kathi was on duty tending to the animals when Percy was able to be touched without running away and stood on top of his favorite shoe bed and was gasping for air with labored breathing. So off to the vet! 

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Not what we wanted to hear

As we suspected Percy was in congestive heart failure. As severe as his condition was we decided that it was time to let him go. Before the vet even had a chance, in true Percy fashion, he took his own last breath without any assistance, he did it his way, in his own time, by his own will. He brought communities together and taught people across the nation about opossums. He will be greatly missed.