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An Actual Opossum Was Living in a 7-Year-Old’s Room For Three Days Before Anyone Even Noticed

Elizabeth Gulino
Photo credit: @itsjustcaitlin - Twitter

From House Beautiful

Usually, when a small child says that they have a little friend living in their bedroom, your mind jumps to their imaginary besties and cute stuffed animals-not actual vermin. One unlucky mom in Ohio had to face the latter, when she realized a opossum had been living among her daughter's things for three whole days.

In a viral tweet directed at Chrissy Teigen responding to her hamster fiasco of the day, Caitlin Burch tweeted this truly disgusting image of the culprit-and her story.

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Caitlin and her husband Byan recounted the summer that her two daughters had a...visitor.

"They used the words 'creature' and 'rat,'" the horrified mom told Buzzfeed News. "The 7-year-old insisted that there was something. ... The 7-year-old would not sleep in her room. They sleep in their room every night, but I told her she could sleep in the guest room that night if it made her feel better."

The couple checked the bedroom and found no trace of a 'creature,' but they suspected it might be a mouse and laid a few traps. A few days later, their other 10-year-old daughter came running to them-the creature was back.

Bryan said that the opossum was actually snuggled into one of the girls dresses, with its head peeking out of the pocket. *Cringes.*

"We realized after the fact that we should have noticed some things," Caitlin told Buzzfeed. "Some toys knocked over. Dog's food missing, so we know it had been in the rest of the house too. The dog never made a peep the whole time it was in the house."

Luckily, Bryan was able to remove the opossum from the girls' bedroom-in two hours-and release it back into the wild where it belongs. Hopefully, it stays there.

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