It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of our opossum Galileo. Recently he started to show signs of heavy labored breathing and his appetite had decreased greatly. We took him to the vet for x-rays on Tuesday October 15, 2013 and found that he had fluid in his chest cavity that was preventing him from breathing properly. It was determined that he needed to be euthanized. The final results of the necropsy are still pending, but the gross necropsy showed fluid around his heart leading to cardiomyopathy. For the first time since I started working here at the museum we will be without an opossum. I don’t know what I will do without one of these amazing animals to greet me every morning during AM treatments. He will be greatly missed. Below are some pictures of Galileo hanging out in the department.
Galileo has been the subject of several previous blog posts too.