Wounded opossum returned to wild in rural Jesup

An opossum has recovered from five pellet gun wounds and has been freed in eastern Iowa.

The opossum was found April 24 in a trap in Waterloo with four wounds in the face and one in the shoulder.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says that after surgery, the animal recovered in a cage in the garage of Terese Evans, director of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.

The opossum and the six babies in her pouch were released into a pile of brush in rural Jesup on Sunday.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust have offered a reward of up to $500 for information leading authorities to the person who shot the opossum.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com