Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Florida, police officer on November 24. A liquor store employee found the animal next to a broken 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, a technician at the refuge. “She definitely wasn’t fully acting normal.”
Pettis told the Northwest Florida Daily News the female opossum appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and was pale. The staff pumped the marsupial full of fluids and cared for her as she sobered up.
“We loaded her up with fluids to help flush out any alcohol toxins,” Pettis said. “She was good a couple of days later.”
Pettis says the opossum did not appear to have a hangover.
The animal was released on Thursday.