Dog Adopts Orphaned Opossums – She Carry Them on Her Back

We’ve been witnessed many unlikely friendships between animals of different species and nothing compares with a dog’s gentle heart when it come to caring and comforting those in need for help. Dog’s aren’t just humans best friends they apparently are everyone’s best friends when it comes to help and care for someone. Stephanie Maldonado a dog instructor in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil rescued the baby opossums found themselves all alone with some extremely low chances of survival, the luck was on their side as someone found them just in time to save them. Shortly after she went straight to a local wildlife rescue center.

Once there she found out the shelter was full and unfortunately, there was no place for any newcomers. A lovely dog named Pretinha became adoptive mom for the orphaned opossums, after the little one’s mom lost her life, so the baby opossums found themselves all alone.

The moment Pretinha met the poor little creatures, her maternal instincts have kicked in and she just started to smell them and lick them and keep them warm, just as they were her own babies. “It’s very nice to see all the care that she has with them, licking them all the time and nestling them,” Stephanie wrote in a Facebook post.

Thanks to Stephanie persistence and Pretinha kindness, the orphaned opossums are all fine and healthy. And of course, they’re inseparable from their adoptive mom.

Pretinha also enjoys her adoptive mom role as well. And not only she offers them love and affection but she also carry them on her back. Just as their natural mom would have done!


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  1. This may look cute, but it gives the public the wrong idea. It encourages people to think they can save wildlife on their own without a rehabilitation license or finding a center that has the right resources. As someone with advanced licenses and extensive training, and as a wildlife rehabilitator, I wish this article could be taken down. We never encourage this kind of wildlife and domestic animal partnership, and ultimately it’s not the best thing for the opposums’ survival.