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Opossum heads home to Brampton after sneaking onto Calgary-bound truck

Brampton opossum nursed back to health at Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Image via Toronto Wildlife Centre

An opossum will take a long flight back home to Brampton on Friday after he hitched a ride on a truck that ended up in Calgary.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre says the marsupial was found on Sept. 19, stowed away on a truck carrying goods from Brampton.

Officials said the animal was thin and dehydrated but miraculously survived the trip.

Brampton Opossum after being found on truck bound for Calgary, Image via Toronto Wildlife Centre
Brampton Opossum after being found on truck bound for Calgary, Image via Toronto Wildlife Centre

He was nursed back to health by the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

An anonymous donor is covering the cost of his flight back home.

Opossums are not commonly found in Calgary and officials said it’s in the animal’s best interest to be released to their home territory as quickly as possible.

The Toronto Wildlife Centre will check him out when he gets back to the city and, when he’s ready, release him back into his natural habitat.