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Opossum Breaks into Liquor Store and Gets Hammered

A Florida opossum clearly has an alcohol problem, as the marsupial broke into a liquor store and promptly got smashed on a bottle of bourbon.

Yes, you read that correctly. This opossum broke into a Fort Walton Beach, Florida liquor store and took advantage of the stores wares. An employee entered the store the following morning and found the animal lying next to an open and empty bottle of bourbon.

"A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it," said Michelle Pettis of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, where the possum was taken to sober up. "She definitely wasn't fully acting normal."

The critter was reportedly disoriented and salivating excessively. Employees notified the police, and an officer took the opossum to the refuge. There authorities placed the animal in a cell and fed it fluids until she was sober enough to release back into the wild.

"We loaded her up with fluids to help flush out any alcohol toxins," Pettis said. "She was good a couple of days later."

Pettis also said the animal didn't appear to have a hangover, but it's a possum...so how would we know for sure? Store owner Cash Moore used the opportunity to give his establishment a plug:

"...it just goes to show that even the animals are impressed with Cash's," he said. "She came in from the outside and was up in the rafters, and when she came through, she knocked a bottle of liquor off the shelf," Moore said. "When she got down on the floor, she drank the whole damn bottle."

This isn't the first time we've heard of animals getting drunk. Remember the story of a bear that got hammered drinking beer?

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