How a mother's love kept her babies alive - please share.
It’s a very tough world out there for WILD ANIMALS, and if you would like to see more of these rescues, please support us with a $5 donation here:
This video will take you on an emotional roller coaster... it's a very special video to me and I really hope you will help us raise awareness by sharing it so we can help teach more people about these amazing animals.
Thank you Pal Rescue for assisting us right away with keeping the babies alive: - they have many cute dogs for adoption, so please check them out.
And of course special thank to Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center for doing such an incredible job with this family, for letting us visit as the babies grew and for letting us join the last step where they got to go back home... out in the wild:
Loreta Frankonyte joined me on this rescue and I have seen her shed so many tears as this process was happening. She just posted a blog about it here:
Please, please, please share this special rescue story and please add #HopeForPawssum to your comments :-)
#HopeForPaws #Possum #Wildlife

  • Michelle

    I’m holding my 7 month old while crying my eyes out, poor mama died protecting her babies.

    • Sharon Groom
      Sharon Groom

      I actually cried also. That was so heartbreaking!

    • im dumb Dai Siab
      im dumb Dai Siab

      So sad TwT

    • Eileen Simpson
      Eileen Simpson

      @Crooked Smile_edits thank you

    • Sophie Pires
      Sophie Pires

      @Lez Toot There are so many crazy hateful people and nutjobs that go after rescue organizations. So disappointing.

    • Sharon Schutt
      Sharon Schutt

      @Lez Toot God willing , truth and kindness won out. That is how our creator wants his children to behave. Evil is out there , in thought , word and deed, but so is good . And He is watching.

  • Denise Roberts
    Denise Roberts

    What is they number to call them

  • Mr Garrett
    Mr Garrett

    You should have sold the dead mom to the Chinese and used the proceeds to help rescue more animals

  • Suryana Djuharowa
    Suryana Djuharowa


  • Valerie C.
    Valerie C.


  • Danish Moonrock
    Danish Moonrock

    intense. interesting comments too.

  • Faith Byrge
    Faith Byrge

    One year after I wonder how many babies grew up and had families of their own I hope all of them did

  • Robert Vandall
    Robert Vandall

    As I set here crying all I can say is thank u and all creatures great and small are precious and BEAUTIFUL!!

  • lindsay Caress
    lindsay Caress

    So heartbroken for their Mum they will grow up and she has been denied living with them and for them. Possum Mums are truly dedicated.

  • Sophia Wiltshire
    Sophia Wiltshire

    Hope for paws I've watched your channel when it was started and I really want a dog but the flat i live in doesn't allow pets in so I watch your videos to cheer me up

  • Rebekah Armstrong
    Rebekah Armstrong

    how did the prepare the babies for life in the wild? They didn't show that.

  • smiler

    Raccoons and possums. Americans have the best little critters

  • Amy Barrett
    Amy Barrett

    Is the mum died

  • Nancy Hartman
    Nancy Hartman


  • James Gunn
    James Gunn

    That driver could have slowed down, swerved or stopped. Driver didn't have to kill the momma. THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE BABIES. 😢😢😪

  • Timber The Snow Leopard
    Timber The Snow Leopard

    I was sure it was maybe playing dead after almost being hit but once I saw the snow white eyes when you got closer and how stiff she was it was terrible sad. At least the babies where alive.

  • Glyn Parker
    Glyn Parker

    Precious babies, what a wonderful mom 😥💖

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    Kevin Johnson

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  • Kayla Elizabeth
    Kayla Elizabeth


  • Jenny Valdivieso
    Jenny Valdivieso


  • Kathleen Tayon-Adams
    Kathleen Tayon-Adams

    Amazing how animals protect their babies isn't it?



  • Debbie Schultz
    Debbie Schultz

    They are so adorable

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  • Mando Gang
    Mando Gang

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  • Haz Oliver
    Haz Oliver

    When loreta and the woman hugged, i was like covid much. Then realized the video is a year old. Phew

  • Virgen Figueroa
    Virgen Figueroa

    This act of a dying mother knowing she gona died n she had all her babies healthy inside 😔 sad bc 3 died but at least they didn't died in the road like momma they died nice n warm with their brothers n sisters. I always say animals got feelings and brains they know what's going on 😫

  • Virgen Figueroa
    Virgen Figueroa

    I get possums all the time in my trash n the ones in my yard are a lil aggressive they intimidate me 🥴 but I always flip my trash so they can get out. Idk how they get in when it has a lid. Thank goodness I always check n like 3 times I had catch them giving me the scare of my life 😂 after this video I will check lots more 🥰🥰 also the skunks 🥴🥴 be on my yard flipping everything out 😂😂 I argue with them all the time 🥰🥰🥰

  • Virgen Figueroa
    Virgen Figueroa

    I tear up 😫💘 we gotta be more human towards our animals THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL 🌹

  • darby here
    darby here

    This was heartbreaking to see, poor momma😔dies protecting her babies . Lots of tears for this rescue😢

  • shiboof

    So misunderstood.

  • Tamara Calderon
    Tamara Calderon

    Possums are the only mammal that has an uneven number of teats ... 9 to be exact. Now you know....

  • Sharon Groom
    Sharon Groom

    Absolutely Incredible!!

  • D C
    D C

    Most of the time when I see them they aren’t in a safe place to just grab them, I feel so bad I just passed a big one the other day now all I can think of is there were babies in there I just know it .

  • Zigblat

    My instinct would be to remove babies from a dead body immediately. Otherwise, they are feeding on decaying and possibility toxic milk and in close proximity to decaying flesh and fluids.

  • Mia De Carteret
    Mia De Carteret

    It's sad

  • Precious Gift
    Precious Gift

    I used to think these animals were ugly!😢 Not anymore!😥😭So sorry I felt that way ,now. Thankyou Lord for these people who help the helpless, and Thankyou for these beautiful creatures!

  • Samantha Quinlan
    Samantha Quinlan

    Poor mama..

  • America's Nana from Texas
    America's Nana from Texas

    I used to resent all the time and money going to saving one dog at a time with all these resue organizations. Until my Father God told me he designed people in the heart and nature of Adam, the first animal lover and keeper of their well being, to do His will whether they know it or not!!! Now, even though that is not my calling, though just till recently I had 4 furbabies, my heart weeps for those poor fur babies without love and safety. Thank you Hope for Paws for following God's calling!!!

  • Wendy Nicklin
    Wendy Nicklin

    Sweet momma to the end 🌹

  • Zetty Zahra
    Zetty Zahra

    When 8:43 their was like were not gonna leave

  • Kerryanne Ladynada
    Kerryanne Ladynada

    Possums are truly beautiful animals.

  • C J
    C J

    6:08 I've never seen so many baby ducklings in my life 😍🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥

  • Jodie York
    Jodie York


  • JoAn McLean-Turner
    JoAn McLean-Turner

    How do they learn how to survive on their own?

  • Vamp

    Poor mama 😭😢💜thanks again for rescueing 💜😘

  • Carol Ann Rompca
    Carol Ann Rompca

    Underpasses should be made on roads for small animals to criss roads more safely,this would save so many of your wild life

  • Carol Ann Rompca
    Carol Ann Rompca

    The babies should have been removed immediately, as they could become poisoned drinking moms milk after she has passed,I know you want to cuddle them but they needed removing straight away, next time you will remove the babies from the dead mommies teats ASP,your techs should have given you this info before you went out on this rescue,thank fully they were ok,Good Job guys

  • Laura Banos
    Laura Banos

    Now every time I see a deceased one on the road I’m gonna feel the necessity to go check for a pouch of babies 🥰

  • Kaitlyn S
    Kaitlyn S

    i am sad for the tree babies

  • Kaitlyn S
    Kaitlyn S

    i am still crying this is just sad people would hurt them to be in this situation the mom could have lived!

  • Kaitlyn S
    Kaitlyn S

    so sad the mom was so nice

  • Mary Ann Gregory
    Mary Ann Gregory

    I love you guys I’ll definitely be going to your website to donate

  • Starrider Kittykat
    Starrider Kittykat

    We were given stewardship over every creature on this planet to take care of these fur babies,every animal!! they're all important and here for a reason,whether they look pretty or not,even a snake is here for a reason! Every life matters!

  • Sienna Turner
    Sienna Turner

    Bye-bye 😭😭😭

  • Jennifer kates
    Jennifer kates

    There like what do we do

  • AussieAnnie62

    RIP mumma possum.. your babies are ok

  • jean ross
    jean ross

    Poor Momma😢, but she saved her babies and they are so cute. 😄

  • Mar Tina
    Mar Tina


  • Diane Keilman
    Diane Keilman

    Every life matters!

  • Tango L-Gato
    Tango L-Gato

    All I could think about was Over The Hedge, anybody else remember that movie? Ozzie and Heather, 😢 thank y’all for what y’all do and did! You’re the reason this world goes round

  • Josephine Chang
    Josephine Chang


  • Ирина Муратова
    Ирина Муратова

    Сижу, реву

  • Laura Tapia Cruz
    Laura Tapia Cruz

    All that's really so sad

  • Ryssa Bee
    Ryssa Bee

    Poor mama💔😭 Opossums are So good they just want to coexist

  • Shipra singh Bhadauria
    Shipra singh Bhadauria

    Tears came out my eyes how increadible of her mother to do that thats why dont underastimate mother love

  • Ndelow Winb
    Ndelow Winb

    i'm glad this popped up on my recommended, i've been stressed this week and this has helped me. 4:57

  • Birdie Jeffers
    Birdie Jeffers

    The sadest thing to me is that I know others had to see her lying there in the middle of that nice neighborhood, so long that rigor mortis set in 🤦🏼‍♀️ The best news is Hope for Paws 🙌💗

  • Valeria Tszesnioski
    Valeria Tszesnioski


  • Valeria Tszesnioski
    Valeria Tszesnioski

    Gente que vídeo mais lindo,que lugar mais lindo,que pessoas mais lindas.simplimente anjos ajudando e salvando outros anjos

  • Nicky Wilks
    Nicky Wilks


  • coolmum47

    I'm crying for happiness and sadness all at the same time :) :'(

  • mrblanche

    Will they know instinctively how to find food?

  • Xyrex Reyes
    Xyrex Reyes

    Ooh that made me cry😭thank you so much for your work❤Godblessyou all!

  • Steven Stone
    Steven Stone

    Strange creature

  • Renee Mathis
    Renee Mathis

    We had a possum that passed last daughter called him Chunky and he now rests under our apple tree...I don't understand why some made fun of me for doing this....

  • Monica Gutierrez
    Monica Gutierrez

    oh i just heard the lady at the end telling you guys about why its important to take them off of the teets as soon as possible.

  • Monica Gutierrez
    Monica Gutierrez

    Im so glad there are people like you in this sometimes cruel world. Thank you for sharing what you guys do with all of us.i was so stressed thinking omg they have to remove them from the teets before they ingest toxins from the dead mother

  • Katharina Novobacki
    Katharina Novobacki

    Thus ist Heart brocken thanks Form Safe them!

  • bonjie montaflor
    bonjie montaflor

    A mix emoticon on this one: 💔 when eldad confirmed the sad news 😃 knowing all babies are alive 🙁 when three didn't make it 😍 after some months at the rescue 🙏🙏🙏 hoping and praying they make it all out in the wild. Lastly 😘 that HFP is always there when needed.

  • Doppio&Okuyasu Fan
    Doppio&Okuyasu Fan

    Angels. You guys are angels.

  • Janice Murphy
    Janice Murphy

    What a beautiful beautiful amazing story, you have to love 💕 animals, thank you 😊

  • Auspicious Cloud
    Auspicious Cloud


  • Laura Metheny
    Laura Metheny

    Love you guys! Thank you all so much. We just had to take another possum away from our pittie last night. Idk why but he cannot resist bringing them in the house! He doesn't go after them to hurt them. He's besotted by them. He doesn't think they should be outside. We just shut off the lights and about 2 mins later he was gone under our porch again lol. We've fed them snacks and also had a rehab lady come get one. I want to keep one! We use to have raccoons and I miss them. But we would never just take one! If they needed help we would. They are so cute! Especially playing dead.🐾🙏🤗😍

  • Saulo Amadio
    Saulo Amadio

    I dont line that animal. It eats eggs of importantes birds around

  • Sam P
    Sam P

    RIP to Momma..wiping tears

  • Maura Braga Kanno
    Maura Braga Kanno

    Ficaram órfãs de mãe parabéns pelo resgate são tão fofos👏👍👼❤️

  • Randy Marsh
    Randy Marsh

    #1 Thing to remember everyone viewing this: *Stop and look inside the pouch* And if there are babies, remove them gently from momma and put them into soft, warm blankets, and take them to a wildlife rehabilitation center, or animal rescue (that won't immediately euthanize them if they can save them)

  • Kamikazi Tsunami
    Kamikazi Tsunami

    I hope this will teach people to always check out a possum if you've seen one that has been hit. Also it's a good idea to keep gloves and a bag to lift their little bodies off the side of the road so that other drivers don't continue to smash them into mush. I've seen people do that and it made me want to ram their cars from behind. Such a lack of respect and compassion for life. Opossums are such sweet, intelligent, and loving little souls. On my way home from work one night I saw a big truck ahead of me that was turning his wheel to try and hit a opossum that was walking away from a dumpster behind an alley. He was obviously trying to hit it. I started honking at him and screaming out my window while that little possum was trying to waddle away. I took down his license and tried to call the police but of course they would do nothing. If I had not been there he would have run that possum over because there was no place for that possum to hide. This happened in the city of Orange, in Orange county California. Animals are why I hate most humans. Thank you for saving these babies. I used to work at Woodbridge Animal hospital where the manager owned a cute and chubby possum that was litter box trained and was one of our hospital mascots. He thought owned the place. Lol

  • Mogamonte


  • Mogamonte

    Pobrecita y quien la atropelló no pudo llamar para avisar?? Que mala gente

  • Deborah Martin
    Deborah Martin

    Opossums are amazing! Not only do they eat all sorts of bad bugs, but they also have a very low body temperature which means that they don't get many of the diseases that other species get. I'm glad that people are starting to realize that they are good guys.💕

  • Ann M
    Ann M

    So many people came together to help this Mama's little family. I think she's very happy knowing that 💕🐾

  • C Casella
    C Casella

    I pray that the mommy didn't feel any pain and that she went to heaven right away. She deserves peace for the wonderful mother that she was. It was very sad but at the same time I know it is just a part of life. I think it was very thoughtful for Loretta to name the mommy and to give her a place of rest where her babies are. That was very touching and it meant a lot to see.

  • Matilde de Fátima Soares de Oliveira Lanche
    Matilde de Fátima Soares de Oliveira Lanche

    Que lindeza. Só amor Obrigada.

  • Melissa Wean
    Melissa Wean

    Bless you for doing what you do. I love Opossums, they are adorable, and a major part of our evolution of life. I have 4 that visit me every evening. Keep helping, what so many don’t. Fellow rescuer. ♥️💫

  • Lovespitbulls

    I used to be so afraid of opossums until I rescued a couple. One had been beaten and wired to a chain link fence. I got it down and took it to the Wetlands people but sadly he didn't make it. The next time it was a momma that had been hit by a car near my house killing her and all but one of her babies riding on her back. The one was thrown free and walking in the gutter by the curb. People were passing by without taking notice or not caring enough to do something. I got a warm towel and a box and again took her to the Wetlands Rescue and this time they were able to save her. This Rescue does amazing work and are always in need of donations.

  • Michael Wade
    Michael Wade

    Opossums are wonderful, cute, little critters. This was a great video on many levels. I learned that when the mother dies her milk becomes toxic to her babies. Interesting stuff! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Carol Kristian
    Carol Kristian

    Opossums move very slowly when crossing roads. They are the only North American marsupials. They have limited vision. Please drive slowly at night and be ready to slow down or stop if necessary. This goes for tortoises, snakes, raccoons. Squirrels and domestic animals. Please slow down!

  • Bjay

    I was lucky enough to see a white possum once, I thought it was amazing 🙂