Woman Walking Her Dog Spots A Strange Item Sticking Out Of Its Fur That Stops Her In Her Tracks


The Puli’s playful personality, perhaps, is what led Sally to adopt a couple of her own. In fact, the Melbourne, Australia, native played proud parent to two sweet Pulis, Hugo and Kato.
Sally knew that she could get a toy pooch or some designer breed. Aspiring pet owners will shell out thousands for Instagram-worthy pups, but she wasn’t concerned with all that. Sally had her eye on one ruffled breed that wasn’t designed for social media.
The Puli! Known for their tightly corded, dreadlock-like hair, these Hungarian sheep dogs have become popular pets across the world because of their gentle nature. But their high energy meant that Sally had her work cut out for her.
Looking after one dog is hard enough, so with two energetic pups in her care, Watkinson knew she had to stay on top of their well-being. To this end, she made sure to take them on regular walks to give them a chance to stretch their legs.
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But one morning, Watkinson’s walk with her beloved pups took an unusual turn. While Hugo and Kato would sometimes come to her with a loose stick or ball, this time one of the dogs returned with a find who had four legs of its own.
Latched onto Kato’s thick fur was a small animal, no bigger than a stuffed toy. But what was this tiny creature? A squirrel? A rat? Some kind of fluffy alien?
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As it turned out, the adorable hitchhiker was actually a baby possum! Though one would’ve expected a newborn possum such as this to have been terrified of Kato, it appeared that the dog’s gentle demeanor and furry coat served as a welcome sight for the lonely newborn.
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In nature, baby possums typically latch onto their mother’s back for months at a time, as even after being weaned they’re still too weak to fend for their themselves. Then, one by one, they drop from their mother and strike out on their own.
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This newborn, however, seemed to have fallen off prematurely. With its mother nowhere to be found, the baby possum had latched onto Kato likely hoping that the larger creature would care for it.
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Yet this was potentially a catastrophe in the making, as dogs and possums aren’t exactly known to get along. Even if Kato didn’t realize the newborn was clinging to his fur, Hugo would certainly spot the tiny hitchhiker sooner or later.
Sure enough, the Pulis caught on to the baby possum’s presence, though their reaction took Watkinson completely by surprise. Instead of working themselves into a frenzy, Hugo and Kato simply ignored her.
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“Hugo and Kato seemed to barely notice it was there,” Watkinson later wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s most surprising that Hugo was not barking frantically at it. Apparently, Kato was seemingly oblivious also.”
But as adorable as the scene was, Watkinson knew that the baby possum couldn’t hang around forever. Kato wasn’t equipped to look after the newborn, and without proper care the tiny creature likely wouldn’t survive the night.
Watkinson phoned a local animal rescue, who was more than happy to nurse the baby back to health. But how would they get her there? The possum refused to let go of Kato’s fur, and if given the chance to sit down in the car, the large dog would likely squish her.
And so, Watkinson did the very thing she and her pups had set out to do that morning: walk. With the possum hanging on with all its might, Kato and Hugo bounded down the road for the rescue center.
Once there, the rescue workers carefully removed the newborn from Kato’s fur and took her into their care. The tiny possum was exhausted, though Watkinson was confident she’d make a full recovery.
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“I think [she] will be OK,” Watkinson wrote. “[She’s] probably not quite weaned yet but seemed well enough and was clinging on for dear life. I think [she] found the right dog for that. [Her] eyes were pretty bright still.”
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But the story of Kato and his possum-loving ways didn’t end there. The very next day, Watkinson arrived to pick her pup up at a friend’s house only to find yet another baby possum clinging to his fur!
“This one was annoying him a bit more as it seemed to be digging in a bit, Hugo was still ignoring it,” Watkinson shared in disbelief. “This time the vet nurse nearly fell off her chair when we turned up.”
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Believing the two newborns to be siblings, Watkinson requested that the animal rescue center keep an eye out for any adult possums missing young. It’s her hope that the baby possums can one day be reunited with their mother.

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