Opossum found in liquor store, believed to have consumed alcohol

Courtesy: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, an opossum, who may have had alcohol poisoning, was found in a Cash's Liquor Store in Fort Walton Beach Black Friday morning.

Michelle Pettis, Wildlife Health Technician and Volunteer/Intern Coordinator with ECWR, said a Fort Walton Beach police officer was called into the store after an employee found the animal.

She also said the opossum was on a shelf next to a broken bottle of liquor that was completely empty, assuming that the opossum had drank it all.

The officer reportedly brought the animal to the refuge in a box that same morning, concerned the opossum may have been affected by the alcohol.

Pettis found the animal to be disoriented, excessively salivating, and slightly pale.

The refuge told us fluids were prescribed to help flush out any toxins that may be present in the animal due to the "alcohol poisoning."

According to the refuge, after a few days of the fluid therapy treatment, the opossum returned to its normal attitude and activity.

The animal was then released.