Dog Adopts Orphaned Newborn Opossums And Carries Them On Her Back Wherever She Goes

Last month, a dog attacked and killed a mother opossum on a property in Brazil, leaving behind seven newborns opossums whose eyes were not even open yet. They were found and brought to Stephanie Maldonado, a pet behaviorist. She tried to take them to a nearby wildlife rescue group, but was told that they were too full to accept new animals at the moment. So she took on the task of feeding them and taking care of them…but she did have a little help.

Source: Stephanie Maldonado

Source: Stephanie Maldonado

Although she fed them every two hours like they required, the babies were still without a furry mother. That is until Maldonado’s dog, Pretinha, stepped in. She essentially “adopted” the opossums as her own, licking them and nestling them. The opossums are growing bigger and healthier each day, but absolutely love their new “mom.” And the pup loves them back! The babies crawl all over her and sit atop her back. She takes them for walks and lets them ride on top, just like a real opossum mother would! Once the opossums are old enough to survive on their own, Maldonado plans on releasing them back into the wild.

Source: Stephanie Maldonado

Source: Stephanie Maldonado

Watch them in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.