FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – An opossum who apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a liquor store in Florida turned serious at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.
Officials from the Costa Smeralda Wildlife Refuge say the possum was brought by a police officer from Fort Walton Beach, Florida on November 24. An employee of a liquor store found the animal next to a bottle of broken and empty bourbon.
"A worker found the opossum on a shelf next to an open bottle of liquor with nothing," said Michelle Pettis, a shelter technician. "Definitely I was not acting quite normal."
Pettis told the Northwest Florida Daily News that the opossum looked disoriented, was excessively salivary, and was pale. The staff pumped the marsupial full of fluids and nursed her while she was sober.
"We carry it with liquids to help eliminate toxins from alcohol," Pettis said. "She was fine a couple of days later."
Pettis says that the opossum did not seem to have a hangover.
The store owner, Cash Moore, says he had never had an opossum break before.
"She came from the outside and was up on the rafters, and when she came out she hit a bottle of liquor off the shelf," Moore said. "When he threw himself on the floor, he drank the whole damn bottle."
"But it just proves that even animals are impressed with Cash's," he said.
The animal was released on Thursday.
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