Hubby and I have been doing Wildlife Rescue for decades. We rescue opposum., raccoons, squirrels,skunks, birds. We've done Exotic Bird Adoption as well. I'm licensed by my state.
We have a small network of rescuers, some for any stage the orphan is at. We've gotten pink see through newborn squirrels and birds and we've gotten older furred critters. Each animal has its needs, each has it's ownpersonality. Not all are releasable but our goal is always to get them back in the wild..
For years I had a squirrel with dense cataracts. Obviously not releasable. We had a huge cage/environment for it and he lived for a long time in the lap of luxury. He had his own Christmas Stocking and he held a job for a bit . He was hired by Animal Actors to be in a Rubbermaid commercial. You may have seen it. The line was "Even squirrels store their nuts in Rubbermaid." It showed a squirrel in a tree hollow with tons of Rubbermaid containers.
We had an opposum pair, Ichabod and Jezebel. They nursed off sponges becasue Opposums mouths are too delicate to bottle feed.
Our baby skunks would "practice" their developing skills. Before their scent activated they would have fake fights, spin, stomp their paws,aim their buts and "flag" (raise tail pretend to spray) at one another. One day the spray kicked in. We came home and had to evacuate until we could get that smell out.
One set of coonie babies got into my pantry one day while I was out and had themselves a real good time. One little gal, Precious, had been released but broke back in one week end while we were away. We came home and walked upstairs. There she was sitting propped up on the pillows with a bag of pretzels between her legs looking like she was the homeowner and we were the intruders.
My children grew up helping me raise all these animals and we have albums of wonderful pictures as well as wonderful memories.