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Loving Woman Fosters 3 Orphaned Opossums, Then ‘One-In-A-Million’ Baby Refuses To Leave

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Sheri Kassalias has always loved animals, so when she was approached about fostering three orphaned opossums, she immediately agreed.

Two of them lost their mother to a car accident. The other had lost his mother to a dog attack.

Sheri agreed to take care of the baby opossums until they were big enough to take care of themselves, then she would release them back into the wild.

Once all three of the animals were rehabilitated, Sheri went to uphold her other end of the deal.

Two of them willingly made their way back into their natural habitat, but the third had a different plan. He refused to go back into the wild and climbed up Sheri’s arm instead, refusing to leave her side.

He started grooming Sheri, and another rescuer told her that he was a one-in-a-million opossum.

Sheri knew that she had two options: She could completely cut off contact with the opossum to help him adjust back to life in the wild, or she could keep him as a pet.

[H/T The Dodo]

opie the opossum

Sheri saw just how sweet this opossum was, so she decided to make him part of the family.

She named him “Opie” and now he lives life as a happy member of Sheri’s family.

opie family

It’s been two years since Sheri started fostering Opie — and they couldn’t be happier.

Opie lives with Sheri and her husband, as well as the family’s other animals: a 25-year-old tortoise, a 14-year-old pit bull, an elderly Boston terrier, and a foster dog.

Sheri treats Opie just like any of the other pets — and he loves it.

He gets treats and rewards, and poses for pictures like the other animals.

opie posing

But unlike Sheri’s other pets, Opie also works a job.

Sheri brings him to schools and other places in order to educate people about opossums.

Many people aren’t aware of this, but opossums are actually marsupials (like kangaroos) — and they’re the only marsupials native to North America.

opie napping

In addition to being unique, opossums are also extremely helpful: They eat ticks and are not susceptible to rabies.

Sheri told The Dodo that opossums will help clean up your yard as well — they’ll eat pests without digging up your grass. They’re extremely gentle creatures, she says.

opiet at vet

In addition to raising awareness about opossums, Opie also helps with dog adoption events and fundraisers.

I never had any idea that opossums were so sweet — Opie definitely taught me a thing or two about his kind!

Did you know that opossums were such gentle, caring animals?

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