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This Rescued Opossum Is Used To A Life Of Luxury And Won’t Go Back Into The Wild

It’s the basic plot of a badly written sitcom: a family takes in a friend or relative in need and before long the guest has taken over the place and shows no signs of leaving.

But for Sheri Kassalias and her family, life isn’t a sitcom…and their freeloading guest is an orphaned opossum. Kassalias makes a living as an animal rescuer, so her family is all too familiar with the fact that she regularly turns their home into a temporary rehab center for animals that are down on their luck.

When she took in three baby opossums that had lost their mothers to dog attacks and car accidents, Kassalias’ family expected that it’d be a short-term arrangement. And for two of the opossums, that was the plan. But for Opie the opossum, life was just too sweet at home to ever leave!

In order to release an opossum back into the wild, the family knew they had to shower to critters with as little affection as possible.

That’s cute and all, but Opie had other plans.

Opie thrived off human contact. He practically demanded to be held.

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