Road ecology blog: White-eared opossum roadkill with dead young, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

March 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Road ecology blog: White-eared opossum (Didelphis albiventris) roadkill with dead young, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Opossums do have a placenta, but the young are born at a very early stage of development. The young find their way to the marsupium (pouch) where they latch on to a teat. In the images below the young have crawled out of the marsupium looking for warmth and milk, presumably shortly after the mother was struck by a vehicle and died. The young had no chance for survival, obviously, and died as well.

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