This animal wasn’t playing possum in a Florida liquor store. It was truly drunk.
An opossum sneaked into Cash’s Liquor Store in Fort Walton Beach
the day after Thanksgiving and apparently helped itself to some
alcohol, The Northwest Florida Daily News reported.
Pettis, a wildlife health technician at the Emerald Coast Wildlife
Refuge, said the juvenile female opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton
Beach police officer Nov. 24. He said a Cash’s Liquor Store employee at
the AJ’s on the Bayou location discovered the marsupial next to a
broken and empty bottle of bourbon, the Daily News reported.
worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open
bottle of liquor with nothing in it,” Pettis told the Daily News.
“Assuming the opossum drank it all, he brought her to us, and we looked
over her and she definitely wasn’t fully acting normal.”
said the animal appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and
appeared to be pale. It did not, however, appear to be hung over, she
“We loaded her up with fluids to help flush out any alcohol
toxins,” Pettis said. “She was good a couple of days later and was
released Thursday night.”
Pettis said the drunken opossum was a
first for her. She added the opossum was “fairly large” and was curious
as to how she was able to break into the liquor store.
Cash Moore, who owns the liquor store, said the opossum “came in from the outside and was up in the rafters.”
she came through she knocked a bottle of liquor off the shelf,” Moore
told the Daily News. “When she got down on the floor she drank the whole
Moore added that as far as he knew, the possum was 21 years old.