Photos: Woman Finds Adorable Baby Opossums In Her Toilet
Opossums are an often misunderstood animal, feared for their gaping maws of sharp teeth, and referred to by the Internet as "pointy kitties." But aren't these baby opossums one woman found in her toilet so cute? A woman found a baby opossum in her toilet bowl in her San Diego home on May 1, the L.A. Times reports. Animal control took the wee opossum to the nonprofit Project Wildlife, where sick or hurt wild animals are appropriately cared for.
That wasn't the end of it, however, as the woman found yet another baby opossum in the same toilet several days later. The animal was rescued and, once again, taken to Project Wildlife.
According to the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, both animals are recovering and, when they're old enough, will be released into the wild. The department isn't entirely sure how the little creatures got into the toilet, but they're pretty sure they didn't crawl in via the plumbing. Rather, they think the opossums gained access via a broken window the woman later discovered in the home.
This is in contrast to a snake found in a toilet in another San Diego toilet. In January of 2015, two women working at a PR company in downtown San Diego noticed an unusually high water level in the office's private toilet. One of the women decided to fix the problem by plunging the toilet only to discover that the clog was a 5-foot Columbia Rainbow Boa Constrictor. While rare to occur in a bustling city, it is possible for several creatures—frogs, spider, rats and snakes, for example—to find their way into a plumbing system and thereby a toilet. That particular snake was believed to have been someone's pet.
When not taking swims in human toilets, baby opossums often cling to their mother, who carry them around like this:
If a baby is threatened, it will sneeze to attract its mother and make a hissing noise at whatever is bothering it.