A Quincy police officer took in an orphaned baby opossum Tuesday night who had nowhere else to go.
“Animal Control was not available, but luckily Officer Tim Kaes was working!” police wrote on Facebook, sharing photos of the pair.
A resident had called the station that night after finding three baby opossums, two of them dead, Sgt. Karyn Barkas told Boston.com. Kaes picked up the surviving opossum near Willard Street and brought him home to the care of his wife and kids.
Barkas said the opossum, now “officially” named Stone Cold Steve Opossum, was cold and shaking when Kaes recovered him, but, with a meal of kitten milk, he’s now on the mend. Officers are looking for a wildlife center to rehabilitate the creature.
This wasn’t Kaes’s first animal rescue — the officer made news in January for rescuing a saw-whet owl on a snowy evening.
“Officer Kaes is a huge animal lover, so we know when [Animal Control is] not available, we can almost always call Officer Kaes and he’ll assist,” Barkas said.