mnp13 wrote:holy crap...
I'd get him a rabies booster just in case.
, I swear sometimes I feel like a possum advocate.
I have them by the tons along with coons and rabbits. I was worried about them being "dirty", rabies, etc. so I read a lot about them at this site. http://www.opossumsocietyus.org/
Question: Do opossums carry rabies?
Answer: Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in an opossum is EXTREMELY RARE. This may have something to do with the opossum’s low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum’s body.
They are actually very clean animals. I did some research on them a while back. Maddie had took it upon her self one night to bring me one!
I knew they were everywhere at the house, and I was quite shocked when she came bouncing up with a small one in her mouth. A friend of mine took it from her and put it down in his truck to haul it off. We were sitting there and the dang thing (thought it was dead) came alive and started moving around the truck. Freaked us out, though it was funny it was also sad and she had hurt it's back legs. It was unable to walk, so he had to kill it. I was so worried about her getting sick or something, she had no wounds and the possum didn't attack as they normally don't. They normally "play dead" as their 1st line of defense. Guess it didn't work that time.
I decided they could stay. Normally, I will see them on the porch scooping up something the cat might have left behind. They don't bother the outside cat at all, and I just do my best to keep the dogs far far away so they won't hurt them. Considering everything they eat, I decided I'd rather have them there anyday! Especially over the dang coons.
Of course, in your situation I'm sure you were freaked, but I wouldn't worry about the rabies. I can't imagine how it got in your closet since they can't jump (nevermind guess it could climb). Do you have any idea how it came in?