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Dog Adopts Orphaned Baby Opossum

Poncho the opossum was orphaned as an infant, and then a loving dog came along and adopted him as her own.

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Hantu and Poncho are the perfect mother-son pair, aren't they?

Sometimes it’s hard to deny the concept of fate, especially when two creatures find each other in the most amazing way possible.

A video uploaded to YouTube by Myrtle Beach Safari tells the story of Poncho, the infant opossum who was tragically orphaned when his mom was hit and killed by a car, and Hantu, the puppy-less white German Shepherd who took Poncho in like one of her own.

After meeting, they quickly became inseparable, and filled a void in each other’s lives that was dark and empty.

Poncho doesn’t act like a puppy, mainly because he rides on Hantu’s head and clings to her body with his little opossum feet, but that makes no difference to Hantu. She loves him all the same.

"Ready for a ride, Mom!" Via YouTube

“Ready for a ride, Mom!” Via YouTube

And even though Poncho is now fully grown, Hantu still carries him around on her back. They currently live together under the care of the Rare Species Fund.

Poncho never wants to grow up. Via YouTube

Poncho never wants to grow up. Via YouTube

Does it get any cuter than this? We think not.

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  • Awwww!!!! This really is so precious! May our Heavenly Father bless this very special friendship with long life, good health and happiness. Love and blessings to ALL animals, their environments and the people who are truly passionate about them! xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye L Kolles November 25, 2015 12:21 am Reply
    • Had a possum family in my yard . I always leave some food out for them. Several years ago I heard a strange crying. Looked out and there was a tiny, baby possum. He must have fallen off his mom. It was a chilly night. I bundled him up in a warm blanket and placed him where he was. Then I waited and waited and waited. Finally around 3am his mom came back for him. I was so excited. I have been told that the moms never come back but I didn’t believe it. Glad I didn’t listen to the “expert”.

      Janet Watson November 25, 2015 1:09 pm Reply
  • humans should learn compassion from animals. along with proper mothering and courage.
    most so called humans that its. some of our species are exemplary individuals who give the rest of us some home/

    Eli Carin November 25, 2015 1:44 am Reply
  • It’s incredible how much we can learn from animals. Take time and smell the roses people!

    Maria November 25, 2015 3:14 am Reply
  • what a wonderful special story to see! if only people would take lessons for animals and see that all people are the same and get along despite their differences.

    rhonda kaufmann November 25, 2015 3:56 am Reply
  • Rhonda said it perfectly – people really could stand to take a lesson from the animals that grace this planet.

    Robin Riley November 25, 2015 4:46 am Reply
  • I’ll take an animal over humans any day!

    Teresa November 25, 2015 5:31 am Reply
    • Same here !

      KatWrangler November 25, 2015 12:37 pm Reply
  • chris mortensen of espn says he shoots oposums when they enter his property, another espn thug and sociopath.

    paul cole November 25, 2015 5:40 am Reply
  • i just watched this video three times in a row and am sure that i will watch it three more times today. it is so heart-warming, touching, beautiful, awesome, amazing, wonderful – did i say beautiful?

    i think that we can all agree that this is perfect timing with what’s going on in Paris – and the whole world, really …….. we INHUMANE-BEINGS must-must-must learn from our fellow species how to treat each-other. we are supposed to be the “smartest” species on the planet. clearly, we are not as we have much to learn from the animals. and until we do ……. well, you know.

    lisa ferstadt (mazza0 November 25, 2015 7:30 am Reply
  • Too bad people can’t learn to get along as well as Poncho and Hantu do, we could all learn a lesson from them!

    Mindy Pfeiffer November 25, 2015 8:28 am Reply
  • This is so very sweet. If only humans can learn the love and compassion from the animals that our Lord has created!

    Sandy November 25, 2015 9:25 am Reply
  • If only humans were more like dogs. Canines are definitely the better species. (Felines are, too).

    Debbie November 25, 2015 10:27 am Reply
  • My best friends are my 4 dogs, 3 cats, and one Amazon parrot… Life is never dull. With all the horrific problems going on in the world presently, they show me the true meaning of friendship, love, and comedy! In general, humans worldwide need to take lessons from Hantu and Poncho.

    JoAnne Klein November 25, 2015 11:32 am Reply
    • Agreed!!!

      KatWrangler November 25, 2015 12:38 pm Reply
    • What an awesome video <3 Those two are so adorable together <3 Especially when tiny Poncho was clinging on Hantu's back.
      I love possums. We have one that comes around and chills with Hootie, our 24lb Maine Coon kitty 🙂
      Never a problem <3
      I agree with everyone here that we can take lessons from our animals in lots of areas <3

      KatWrangler November 25, 2015 12:40 pm Reply
  • With so many stories of animal abuse on the internet it is so heartwarming to see such a beautiful rescue story, Hantu and Poncho are adorable.

    Romola Newport November 25, 2015 1:38 pm Reply
  • What a wonderful video..sure brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eyes!

    Linda Kroeck November 25, 2015 1:48 pm Reply
  • Beautiful story of love and survival. It goes to show that inter-species friendship and adoption is definitely possible. I have a cat and a small dog that are friends and spend hours horsing around together. If they were to separate, both would be very unhappy.

    Avis Valdespino November 25, 2015 2:21 pm Reply

    night magic November 25, 2015 6:27 pm Reply
  • What a wonderful pair of friends and a wonderful organization. I feel animals do have souls and feelings
    and they make relationships that are unique to them that we often fail to understand. I love possums. One night a neighbor across the streets idiot father put a trap behind the house trying to catch a raccoon to use as a bait for his hunting dogs. Of course, I, being a TNR (trap-neuter-return) activist for cats, new how to release it. The first night I found a possum in it. Another possum yards away was hysterical that his buddy was inside there. While he (or she) was crying I told the it softly to hold on, I would release it’s friend. When I opened the trap the possum just looked at me with those big eyes. I left and the next morning the trap was empty. I sensed the crying possums fear for it’s companion and was very happy to do the right thing. Oh, and two nights later a raccoon was inside. I let him go to. No one checked that trap for three weeks. Those animals would have died of starvation in there. Who has more feelings, man or animal???

    Anita Biers November 25, 2015 8:44 pm Reply
  • I’ve watched this several times and I don’t believe most of it. Maybe the dog found the ‘possum when it was a baby and befriended it. However, as it goes along the dog does not look happy and looks almost scared. It looks like people put the big ‘possum on it’s back and commanded the dog to walk with it.

    Gay Johnson November 29, 2015 1:41 pm Reply
  • After reading all the other comments, I am sure my remarks were not well received… In my defense, I’ve fed many raccoons, possums and armadillos here in my yard and would never hurt one. After the flood destroyed everything around here, the ‘possums would eat and sleep with my cats on the back porch. I made my remarks based on how I interpreted facial expressions and body language..

    Gay Johnson November 29, 2015 1:50 pm Reply

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