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One day, tragedy struck a group of helpless baby opossums. Sadly, their mother was attacked and killed on a property in Brazil.

Fortunately, someone discovered the orphaned offspring, their eyes still not yet open, and gave them to pet behaviorist Stephanie Maldonado for safekeeping.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

Initially, Maldonado had hoped to take the baby opossums to a nearby wildlife rescue group, but was told that they were too full to accept any newcomers. So, she took it upon herself to keep them cozy and fed.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

The animals required feeding every two hours, but it was still uncertain if the opossums would survive without more motherly attention than Maldonado could provide.

That’s when her dog, Pretinha, stepped in.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

The sweet-natured pup apparently sensed the little opossums were in need, and began doting upon them as if they were her own.

“It’s very nice to see all the care that she has with them, licking them all the time and nestling them,” Maldonado wrote on Facebook.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

Pretinha had found her calling.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

Perhaps most incredibly though, the dog was more than happy to embrace her adopted litter’s un-puppylike instinct to climb atop their mom.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

In fact, Pretinha seems to enjoy that part too.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

The dog is so accepting of letting the opossum orphans climb on her that she even takes them on rides during her walks, just like a real opossum mother.

Weeks after the baby opossums came into Pretinha’s life, they continued to grow up healthy and strong thanks to her care.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

When the time comes that they are old enough, Maldonado hopes the opossums can be returned to the wild – carrying with them the legacy of love and affection provided to them by their adoptive mom.

STEPHANIE MALDONADO

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Written by Jone Dark

Meet Jone Dark, the passionate blogger behind heartwarming tales of dogs and pets. Hailing from Ca, Jone's love for animals led them to create a captivating online space. Through vivid storytelling, Jone's blog explores the joy, challenges, and unique stories within the canine world. Beyond the virtual realm, Jone actively supports animal welfare and adoption initiatives. Join Jone Dark in celebrating the remarkable bond between humans and their furry companions on their blog, where every dog's story is a tale worth telling.

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