Possums may not be the typical cute animals that come to mind. They are often regarded as bothersome rodents known for feigning death or falling victim to accidents on the road.
However, possums possess their own appeal, and on occasions, they can capture people’s hearts and find their way into their homes.
A Reddit user named damndirtycracker shared a post detailing how an unexpected possum became an unexpected housemate for their aunt.
Introducing Hank, the Reddit user wrote, “Hank resides in my aunt’s garage. He is quite elderly and faces mobility challenges, so she has arranged a warm resting place for him and provides him with plenty of treats.”
While many individuals have attempted to remove possums from their garages, this aunt has transformed her garage into a welcoming abode for Hank. With its ample space, the garage provides Hank with his own secluded area. Since it is separate from the main house, the aunt can leave the door open, allowing Hank to come and go freely.
This unique bond between Hank and the aunt has been ongoing since Hank made his appearance several years ago. He appears to be content having a place to stay and enjoying cat food.
“He’s not domesticated, but he has never hissed or displayed fear,” damndirtycracker shared. “As he has aged, he has extended his stays until he eventually decided to establish residency in the garage.”
Although Hank may have a tendency to be a bit cantankerous, he easily warms up when treats are involved. “Being moderately grumpy is his default state until treats are brought out, at which point he becomes only slightly annoyed by your presence.”
Possums typically have short lifespans, and despite Hank being already a few years old, it’s heartwarming to see him enjoying a comfortable and cozy life during his time here.
In addition, Hank has managed to win over the internet with his adorable charm. Numerous commenters on the Reddit post expressed their unexpected affection for the possum after seeing the photo of him curled up in the garage.
“When my aunt mentioned Hank, my initial reaction was far from ‘aww,'” damndirtycracker confessed. “However, as soon as I saw him, I instantly knew I would do anything for him.”
Thank you to this aunt for giving this old animal a nice place to stay! It’s a nice reminder that the not-typically-cute animals deserve some love, too!
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Rewritten Source: https://www.theanimalclub.net/wildlife/woman-gives-elderly-possum-a-place-to-stay-in-her-garage/