A dog in Brazil adopted a litter of possums after their mother was killed by a dog. Stephanie Maldonado, fortunately, discovered the pups in time and took care of them with her dog Petrinha.
Stephanie first called a wildlife rescue group to take in the children who had not yet opened their eyes; however, the rescue center was unable to accommodate them, and the mother was released from their care.
The babies needed to be fed every two hours because they were still quite little and hadn’t opened their eyes.
Stephanie was anxious about their ability to thrive without a mother who was there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Petrinha jumped in to assist at that precise time.
From that point forward, the dog assumed responsibility for the infant opossums as if they were her own.
Stephanie posted the following on her Facebook page:
“Pretinha, my four-legged daughter, suckles and warms the possum cubs. It’s lovely to watch how kind she is with them, licking and caressing them all the time!”
Petrinha battled to assist the children live despite being sterilized and unable to produce milk to feed the baby. The young possums saw her as their mother and sought her out at all hours of the day.
The dog welcomed them so well that she let them climb on her back for walks, much like a mother opossum would in the wild.
The surrogate mother was pleased of her tiny ones since Petrinha took care of them and they gained weight and matured normally as a result of her care.