An opossum who fell victim to a heartless act has left his rescuers stunned - not only for the cruelty inflicted upon him, but by the fact that he survived.
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Authorities from Riverside County Animal Services, in California, were alerted to the animal on Friday morning. Given the nature of the injuries, the responding officer was expecting to be picking up a dead opossum, but that turned out not to be the case.
"Shockingly enough, the animal was still alive, so the officer brought it to the shelter clinic right away," John Walsh, of Riverside County Animal Services, told The Dodo.
Riverside County Animal Services