Watch As Opossum Nursed Back to Health After Vicious Dog Attack

An opossum in Florida is being nursed back to health after suffering a vicious dog attack, footage shows.

The female opossum came to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) after she was found with injured back legs and puncture wounds. Veterinarians found she had four babies in her pouch at the time of the attack.

Veterinarians at CROW gave her surgery to treat the puncture wounds and changed her bandages every day. The opossum then underwent physical therapy, so that she could gradually start moving her back legs again.

To do this, veterinarians used a sling to help her along.

In the footage, a veterinarian can be seen using the sling to support the opossum's back legs, as she uses her front legs to walk. At first, the opossum seems uneasy on her feet. The footage shows her back legs moving slowly, and falling with every step.

However, after being treated at the clinic for a month, the opossum gradually began walking on her own again.

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Workers at the clinic helped the Opossum recover by using a sling to support her back legs Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife CROW

A spokesperson for CROW, Haillie Mesics, told Newsweek that the opossum had been moved outside on March 31 to continue her rehabilitation.

"[She] is doing much better overall since the time of intake!" Mesics said. "She will continue to be monitored outside and if she displays appropriate behaviors consistent with thriving in the wild, veterinarians will then clear her for release!"

The opossum is continuing to care for her joeys during treatment. Female opossums usually nurse their young in their pouch for 80 days. After that, the young typically ride on the mother's back, before they wean at about 100 days and depart to live on their own.

Virginia Opossums are native to north America. They are the only mammals in Florida that carry their young in a pouch. They prefer to live in covered woodlands. However, they are often found in urban areas as they are attracted to potential food left out by humans. They can become attracted to backyards after smelling trash or pet food, making it more likely they will cross the paths of domestic pets, like dogs.

A Facebook post by CROW said the opossum mom had made "amazing progress" during her time at the clinic and she is now "one step closer" to release. However, the clinic warned that people must take care to control their pets.

"Our domestic animals can pose risks to native wildlife. In order to keep wild animals safe and populous to sustain our ecosystem health, we must be good stewards of our pets!" the Facebook post said. "While accidents can happen, securing your yard and leashing your dog while walking will keep your pets and our native wildlife safe!"