Heartbreaking photo of a mother possum shielding her baby after they were hit by a car and she spent her dying moments crawling across the road to protect it
- They were hit by a car in before the mother crawled back to protect its baby
- Using all her remaining strength, she used her last moments to get to her young
- The baby sat with its lifeless mother until it was found by a council worker
A mother possum used her last, agonising moments to crawl across a road to shield its joey from harm after they were hit by a car.
She was found still cradling her baby by the side of the road in Queensland, having only survive a matter of minutes after reaching it.
A heartbreaking photo showed the little joey looking up at its rescuer inside a cardboard box with its mother’s body lying right beside.
‘In excruciating pain, this mum spent her last moments crawling along the road to the side of her child, to protect her,’ RSPCA Queensland wrote in a mournful Facebook post.
A heartbreaking photo showed the little joey looking up at its rescuer inside a cardboard box with its mother’s body lying right beside
‘A mum, defeated, but even in her last moments she did everything she could to care for her child.’
When mother and child were hit by a car at night the baby was likely thrown off the mother’s back separating the two, the RSPCA wrote.
The baby possum stayed with its mother until the morning when RSPCA was called after they were found by a construction worker.
Sadly, the mother’s heroism was in vain as her baby suffered a haemorrhage from the accident and did not survive.
The RSPCA urged the public to drive carefully for the wildlife and call them if they saw injured, trapped or orphaned wildlife.