An Opossum Gets Drunk While Being Locked In A Liquor Store Overnight

The marsupial broke open a bottle of bourbon and drank it.

By Felicia Czochanski on December 4, 2017
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It’s not just humans who can love the taste of alcohol.

Apparently, after breaking in a Florida liquor store, an opossum broke open a bottle of bourbon and drank it.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., police officer on Nov. 24, the AP reports. A liquor store employee found the animal next to a broken and empty bottle of bourbon.

“A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked-open bottle of liquor with nothing in it,” says Michelle Pettis, a technician at the refuge. “She definitely wasn’t fully acting normal.”

Pettis tells the Northwest Florida Daily News the female opossum appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating, and was pale.

The store owner, Cash Moore, says he never had an opossum break in before. “She came in from the outside and was up in the rafters, and when she came through she knocked a bottle of liquor off the shelf,” Moore says. “When she got down on the floor she drank the whole damn bottle.”

The staff at the refuge pumped the opossum full of fluid to flush out toxins and sober it up. According to Pettis, the marsupial was “good a couple days later.”

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