Cat-Loving Grandma Surprised To Find Out One Of Her Strays Was An Opossum

Anyone who knows him will tell you that Eric Hertlein is a good grandson. He visits his grandmother at least twice a week as regular as clockwork, and has gotten used to grandma taking in stray cats. However, when Eric came by to check on grandma about a month ago, the young man noticed one of the “cats” she’d adopted looked mighty strange.

Keep in mind that grandma is cat crazy and often puts out soft beds on her porch so that the local stray cats have a safe and warm place to sleep. She occasionally invites one or two of the cats into her home. Grandma’s eyesight is also not what it used to be, so she had no idea that one of the strays she’d let in was actually an opossum.

When Eric came into grandma’s home that evening, he gave her a kiss and looked around. Nothing seemed too odd at first, then he looked over in the corner.

Over in the corner, sleeping quietly just feet away from three cats was a juvenile opossum. Eric posted a pic on Twitter of the cat imposter lounging in his own personal bed.

Grandma noticed Eric’s attention on the “cat” in the corner, but said not to worry, the odd little fellow had been dropping in for a while now and she’d decided to name him Tete.

Eric could only laugh at his grandmother’s naiveté.

“She reassured me it was one of her cats,” Eric remarked in an interview. “I told her it wasn’t what she thought it was.”

When Eric explained to grandma that Tete was actually an opossum, she was confused at first.

Eric said he just couldn’t control his laughter: “She didn’t realize what I was laughing about until I started pointing out the pointy nose and skinny tail. She didn’t realize he wasn’t a cat.”

Finding it hard to believe she’d had an opossum in her home for a while, three weeks now, she moved in to get a close look at Tete. She agreed with Eric that Tete was indeed an opossum, but that didn’t seem to bother her a bit.

“She kinda just sat there,” Eric said, shaking his head. “Then she got a little closer … and slowly looked up at me with the biggest grin on her face and said, ‘Well, he hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m OK with him being here!'”

Perhaps the strangest part is the fact that Tete is completely at home with all the cats.

Why Tete has adapted so well living with cats and humans remains a bit mysterious. Animal behavior experts point out the opossum was most likely orphaned as a baby, especially given he showed up at grandma’s house looking kind of like a wet kitten with a funny tail.

“She loves animals and taking care of them whenever she can,” Eric describes his grandmother. “It kind of just motivates you to do better and treat other beings better too.”

Source: Animal Channel
Photo: Eric Hertlein

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