This dog adopted a bunch of orphaned possums. It's both cute and horrifying.

This dog adopted a bunch of orphaned possums. It's both cute and horrifying.
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Depending on how you feel about possums, what you are about to see will either be a wonderful dream or a horrible nightmare. When Brazilian animal trainer Stephanie Maldonado's uncle's dog killed a mother possum, Maldonado came up with a solution for the litter of baby possums left behind: raising them with the help of her dog, Pretinha.

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Pretinha and her adopted babies.
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The babies eating. The Facebook translation from Portugese for this photo is "Time of chaotic lol porridge of kibble with petmilk for the gambázinhos, they amammm." Chaotic lol porridge indeed!
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Two of the wee possums hiding between Pretinha's legs.

Since mid-January, Moldonado and Pretinha have been raising the marsupial babies together, and Moldonado has posted about their progress on her Facebook page. She took care of the early feedings, giving the babies milk by tiny bottle every two hours. Pretinha, meanwhile, has cared for the babies by cleaning them and letting them cuddle up for warmth. She even lets them ride on her back just like a momma possum would:

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"Do you like my new hat?"
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And here's a video of them out and about:

Então bora fazer um passeio com a Pretinha e os Gambázinhos kkkk <3 <3 <3 For licensing and usage, contact licensing@viralhog.com

Posted by Stephanie Maldonado Adestramento de Cães on Friday, January 29, 2016

Of course, this is far from the first story of inter-species adoption. There's the cat that adopted ducklings, the monkey that adopted a puppy, and the millions of humans who have adopted everything from dogs to snakes.

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