A golden retriever was briefly the foster father of a little lost baby possum last Friday.
You may be wondering why we’re misspelling opossum. That’s because this story actually takes place in the land down under, the only country slash continent in the world to spell possum that way it sounds.
Our story begins last Friday, November 16th. Here it was late Thursday, but down in Sydney, Australia, it was Friday evening, with Jessica Bird just getting home from work. She lives with her 1-year-old golden retriever named Bowie who has a tendency to prefer the great outdoors. So after a brief meet and greet after getting home, Bowie went outside to continue gazing unto the majesty of the Australian Outback.
Or more accurately, his backyard.
Then, Jessica heard “a bit of a scuffle” from outside. There wasn’t any barking from Bowie, so Jessica ignored the commotion and continued watching TV. That’s when Bowie decided to come back inside to show off his new passenger.
“The next thing I know, Bowie came trotting into the house acting totally normal. He jumped up onto the couch with me and then I saw this thing on his neck,” Bird said in an interview with The Daily Mail.
“When I had a closer look I realized it was this tiny baby possum that was latched onto Bowie. It was like it thought that he was his mum,” she said.
Bird speculates that a momma possum was crossing over her rooftop when one of her babies became dislodged and fell off the roof, breaking his fall using Bowie’s fluffy exterior. The baby must have decided any furry port in a storm and decided that latching onto Bowie’s neck floof is as good as it gets.
Bird took Bowie and his little passenger back outside where she placed the baby onto her roof. Momma possum immediately came out to snatch her wayward son, and Bowie’s brief foray into foster fatherhood was over.
However, even though the possum had only spent a short amount of time as Bowie’s neck ornament, it seems the golden had taken a shine to his marsupial passenger. Bird reports that Bowie was listless and lethargic for a few days after losing his possum friend but eventually perked up as goldens always do.