Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Caring for critters

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Becky Webb holds a rehabilitating bat at her home in Mauriceville on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. The bat's wings had been damaged by another animal, and it was unable to fly.

A rehabilitating bat voices its displeasure at Becky Webb after it was removed from its cage at her home in Mauriceville. Webb accepts young and injured wild animals and nurses them back to health. She releases them into the wild once they are old and strong enough to survive.

Becky Webb shows the feeding tubes she must use with different-sized opossums at her home. She said young opossums are unable to suckle. Instead, opossums swallow. Consequently, she must insert the tube directly into their stomach while avoiding their lungs.

Becky Webb, a licensed animal rehabilitator, feeds a young opossum at her home. It is illegal for an unlicensed person to keep a wild animal.

A young opossum crawls back into its hammock in a cage at Becky Webb's home.

A litter of young opossums show their teeth as a defense in a material pouch at Becky Webb's home.

Please read, "Mauriceville animal rehabilitator" by Sarah Moore.

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