Dog Adopts Orphaned Opossum

Dogs and woodland creatures rarely develop friendships — but stranger things have happened. 

A dog howling in the backcountry at night might indicate they have cornered a wild animal but are unable to get close enough to it to finish off the kill. These nighttime prey are often raccoons and opossums, and dogs will go to great lengths to hunt down these woodland animals.

Sometimes in nature unbelievable incidents occur and in this case it is the development of a relationship between predator and prey, aptly represented here by the friendship between Poncho the baby opossum and Hantu the white German shepherd.

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When Poncho was just a tiny baby opossum, a car hit and killed his mother and he was left for dead on the side or the road. Luckily, he was found by humans who adopted him and gave him the veterinary assistance needed to help him grow into a healthy adult opossum.

However, Poncho still had no mother. It was during this time that Hantu entered the picture. With no puppies of her own, Hantu took on Poncho as her marsupial puppy, and they quickly became inseparable.

In the video below, you can watch the full progression of Poncho’s life, from tiny baby to nearly fully grown adult. He’s rather cute hanging onto Hantu’s back, especially in the last few seconds of the video.