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Owner Finds A Baby Possum Clinging On To Her Dog’s Back
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Owner Finds A Baby Possum Clinging On To Her Dog’s Back

Finding a small animal latching on to your beloved pet’s back might seem like a scary scenario at first glance, but sometimes it can be a rather wholesome moment. As in the case of Sally Watkinson who discovered a baby Australian ringtail possum clinging for dear life to her puli dog’s back.

The woman shared this incident on her Facebook page by posting a set of pictures showing the cutest little possum hitching a ride on her dog Kato’s back. She also shared some details about the whole thing, including the fact that it happened twice!

First, Sally found a tiny female possum sitting on one of her pets’ back. Luckily, neither of her dogs seemed to notice or mind the little marsupial. Her partner Jon spent the afternoon looking for wildlife rescue organizations to help and the dogs were eventually taken to the vet whereas the possum was taken to be later transported to the care of wildlife rescue.

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An Australian woman made an unexpected discovery when she noticed a small animal clinging to her dog’s back

And then, only a day later, Sally shared an update that it happened again. This time, the Australian woman found a baby boy clinging to her dog’s fur. “This one was annoying him a bit more as it seemed to be digging in a bit, Hugo [her other dog] was still ignoring it,” Watkinson shared in a Facebook post.

“This time, the vet nurse nearly fell off her chair when we turned up,” Sally detailed their second trip to the vet’s, with yet another baby possum. This one was a boy possum and as the woman reported, he “should also be ok”.
In the comments under her original post, Watkinson also shared some additional information about the situation. The babies are well taken care of by a wildlife carer and will be released back into the wild when they’re ready. The couple speculates that the poor possums were orphaned because a possum catcher took their mother. “Possum man has not returned calls regarding what happened to the mother, therefore, no opportunity to reunite and release,” the woman shared the disheartening news. She also reported that they’ve consulted with the vet who informed them that such possums as the ones found usually have a litter of 2-3, so they are keeping an eye out in case there’s a third one somewhere.

Bored Panda has reached to Watkinson for additional information. We sure are glad that the tiny possums decided to cling to their canine rescuer who, thankfully, didn’t mind the little marsupials hitching a free ride on his back.

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Michelle Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute story...but they said that this happened in Australia. So does this possum spit acid or some other freaky thing? Cause after the 8 foot spider & fire starting hawks stories I find it hard to believe there just cute little harmless possums in Australia

Lauren Caswell
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2 years ago

Lol they are cute and harmless, but have invaded next door new Zealand so here (nz) they are considered a pest

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Janine B.
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2 years ago

The little cuties are adorable. :)))

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

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Mark Fuller
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2 years ago

OK. Totally happy to admit I'm ignorant. Maybe some weird breed, but 'ain't never seen a dog with dreadlocks. More concerned about the dogs welfare than the damn possum. Am I missing something? Please educate me.

Ashley Fernandes
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2 years ago

multiple breeds of dogs have hair that grows like this naturally (Puli and Komondor are two of the more popular ones). It makes them waterproof and these breeds are all herding dogs that would be out in the fields.

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Michelle Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute story...but they said that this happened in Australia. So does this possum spit acid or some other freaky thing? Cause after the 8 foot spider & fire starting hawks stories I find it hard to believe there just cute little harmless possums in Australia

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol they are cute and harmless, but have invaded next door new Zealand so here (nz) they are considered a pest

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Janine B.
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2 years ago

The little cuties are adorable. :)))

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

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Mark Fuller
Community Member
2 years ago

OK. Totally happy to admit I'm ignorant. Maybe some weird breed, but 'ain't never seen a dog with dreadlocks. More concerned about the dogs welfare than the damn possum. Am I missing something? Please educate me.

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
2 years ago

multiple breeds of dogs have hair that grows like this naturally (Puli and Komondor are two of the more popular ones). It makes them waterproof and these breeds are all herding dogs that would be out in the fields.

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