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Grieving Beagle Who Lost Litter of Pups Meets Possum Without a Mom, The Rest Is History

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Certain folks look at a possum and see nothing more than a pest. These particular critters do look kind of unique, after all.

But think about your own closest friends. They probably don’t consider themselves exactly the same as you.

The point is, you can be a little bit different, and still share an unbreakable bond.

Want some living proof? Meet Molly and her best buddy, Poss.

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You wouldn’t necessarily peg these two as inseparable. And in truth, they started out their lives in vastly different places.

Molly is a beagle who lives in Victoria, Australia, with owners Elle and Sara Moyle. Recently, she welcomed some adorable new puppies.

Poss, as her nickname might suggest, is a baby possum. At one point, she was cared for by her own possum mama.

But sadly, Molly lost her entire litter at birth. And just as tragically and inexplicably, Poss was abandoned by her mother.



As the Moyles explained to Australia’s 9News Melbourne, the exact sequence of events is somewhat unclear. Suffice it to say that one day, they found Poss hitching a ride on the grieving hound’s back.

But this wasn’t a one-time team-up. Turns out the tiny marsupial and her canine host had discovered a match made in heaven.

“They’ve been inseparable since,” Elle Moyle told 9News.“They’re an unlikely pair, and I think that possum thought Mol was her mother and vice versa.”

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Now Poss seems sweetly comforted, and Molly appears pretty darn sprightly as they trot around the Moyles’ cattle farm together.

Sara Moyle tells 9News it’s like having a different dog. “It’s certainly uplifted her mood, they both needed each other, I think, so it’s been a fantastic relationship,” she said.



Poss is nocturnal, so during the day, she usually ends up selecting a cozy tree and snoozing in the backyard. But her pooch playmate’s nurturing maternal instincts never take a rest.

“Molly just sits under the tree where she’s sleeping and just waits for her,” Elle said. And then, once Poss wakes up, she’s back in the saddle again.

The Moyles tell 9News that they have absolutely zero interest in shooing Poss off their property. After all, some special bonds just shouldn’t be broken.

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Mary Bittel is a professional writer, marketer, and published author. She's produced content for several respected media organizations, and dozens of major industries including education, animal welfare, healthcare, finance, non-profit, technology, and entertainment. As an accomplished musician, she's also worked in a therapeutic teaching capacity with developmentally disabled children.
Mary Bittel is a professional writer, marketer, and published author. She's produced content for several respected media organizations, and dozens of major industries including education, animal welfare, healthcare, finance, non-profit, technology, and entertainment. As an accomplished musician, she's also worked in a therapeutic teaching capacity with developmentally disabled children. Additionally, she's an avid animal lover who has spent much of her life rehabilitating abused rescue canines.
Books Written
"The Hidden Treasury: Stories of Wonders and Wanderings"
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Illinois
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Music, Marketing, Nutrition, Fitness, Pet Care/Behavior, Cooking, Entertainment




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