We’ve Got Cling-ons, Cap’n!

A dog named Pretinha boldly went where few dogs have gone before: Stepping in to care for a litter of orphaned possums. After their mother was attacked and killed, Stephanie Maldonado tried to get the babies a wildlife rescue group, but was told there was no room. So Pretinha took over and began nursing the possums, who cling to her just like she was their mother.


Submitted by A M, Andrew Y., and Murray C. More at The Dodo.

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26 thoughts on “We’ve Got Cling-ons, Cap’n!

  1. allein February 17, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Cutest hat ever.

    Pretinha looks so proud!

  2. Saffron February 17, 2016 / 11:04 am

    If only humans were as kind as this awesome doggeh.

  3. debg February 17, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I don’t normally find possums cute, but this time I’ll make an exception. Good job, Pretinha!

  4. Gigi_the cat lady February 17, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    I wonder if she’ll teach them to fetch sticks and chase cats 😀

    • Lurkingduck February 17, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Maybe. But will they teach her to hang from branches upside down? And who will teach who to “roll over and play dead”?

      • Faye February 17, 2016 / 5:16 pm

        They are going to teach her to roll over and play opossum!! 😀

  5. Murray February 17, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I just love their little sticky-outs ears. I saw something on this but not the video, which is spectacular.

  6. allein February 17, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    (oops, that was supposed to be in reply to Murray)

    • Kar February 17, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      Dear heavens. You could pick up calls to the Kremlin with these.

      • allein February 17, 2016 / 2:48 pm

        lol…most people see that picture and go “what the heck is that?”

        • Faye February 17, 2016 / 2:53 pm

          Such personality and presence in such a tiny being.

          • tara February 17, 2016 / 7:28 pm

            Ah! Oh My! The eeeeears! So cute! Thanks for posting this. 🙂 what a bonus to the inspiration post.

          • allein February 17, 2016 / 7:32 pm

            He hangs above my computer at work. Along with this smiling baby brush-tailed rock wallaby.

            • Faye February 17, 2016 / 7:45 pm

              Clunk! Ded.

            • 6rabbits February 17, 2016 / 8:39 pm

              Those 2 pics have kilt me with teh qte!

            • allein February 17, 2016 / 10:22 pm

              Sorry! I didn’t mean to make anyone ded! :p

    • Faye February 17, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Hi!!! Got meelks? (Soooo precious).

    • Murray February 17, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Excellent. I always thought possums were cute and this just vindicates me!

      • allein February 17, 2016 / 3:02 pm

        Just hangin’ around…

    • Murray February 18, 2016 / 12:17 am

      cutest damned thing. I knew someone who saved a couple of possums after the mom was found dead and they clung to his hair wherever he went.

  7. Laura February 17, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    The librarian at my kids’ elementary school was a wildlife rehabber, and for a couple of years she raised wild babies there in the library and kids were rewarded with helping her. Posey the Possum was one of her guests, and I must say she was adorable! And apparently possums live solely by instinct, so being raised by humans — or a sweet doggie — doesn’t affect their ability to be released back to the wild when they grow up. What a wonderful thing that was for the kids — and for Posey — and is for Parinha’s babies!

  8. Faye February 17, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    What a good dog! Who me? Yes you!

  9. amyliz February 17, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    I don’t really find possums cute but all babies need a mama so I’m glad these little ones have sweet Pretinha to full that role!

  10. 6rabbits February 17, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I think possum BABIES are cute…but not so much the adults.
    It amazes me how dogs will mother just about any other species–quite a special quality!

  11. BB/VA February 17, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I could swear I hear a purr in there somewhere…

    BTW, possums are our friends. They keep the pit vipers away.

  12. Robert August 7, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Since the original video seems to have been taken down due to copyright strikes (this is over five months old by now), a quick search shows this alternate from Inside Edition:

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