An opossum in California is fighting to survive after literally becoming the target of someone’s twisted cruelty. On Friday, Riverside County Animal Services released information about the abused opossum who was found with two arrows protruding from its body.
The agency wrote, “The officer found the animal in a western section of Riverside and was surprised to discover it was still alive, despite two cross-bow arrows that had struck it. The animal was located near Hole and Jones avenues in Riverside’s La Sierra neighborhood.” Officer Jennifer Selter rushed the wounded opossum to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jarupa Valley and a veterinarian immediately prepped the animal for life-saving surgery.
The agency described the injuries sustained, “One arrow penetrated the animal near its right eye and followed through the other side of its head. The second arrow went through its right side and also penetrated the other side of the animal.”
Animal Services Director Robert Miller called the actions callous and despicable. “No animal, whether it’s a domesticated dog or cat, or a part of our wildlife, deserves to be treated in such a cruel manner. Anyone who has any information about who might have done this are encouraged to contact us. This is a sick act.”
Sgt. Cynthia Lee of Riverside County Animal Services noted the wounded animal’s behavior, “The animal was very alert and you could tell it was trying to remove the arrows itself. The opossum was grabbing the arrow on its side. What a horrible thing to do to an animal.”
Though many people fear opossums, they are actually docile, non-aggressive animals who are not know to attack people or pets. In fact, the maligned animals are actually beneficial to have around homes because they eat unwanted pests such as slugs, spiders, cockroaches, snakes and rats. Read more about these misunderstood creatures here.