The three baby opossums were orphans. Two lost their mother to a car accident. The third, to a dog attack.
Opossum rehabilitator (and dog rescuer) Sheri Kassalias agreed to foster the three - to nurse them back to health, and take care of them until they were big and self-sufficient enough to be released back into the wild.
Two of the babies went along with this plan just fine. They were willing to be rehabbed - and more than happy to be released.
The third had other ideas.
"Opie was so sweet he demanded to be held. He climbed up my sleeve," Kassalias tells The Dodo.