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Cute orphaned possum clings to toy kangaroo

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Bettina the brushtail possum. (Taronga Zoo photo) Bettina the brushtail possum. (Taronga Zoo photo)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (WFSB) -

An orphaned possum is getting round-the-clock care from both vets and a toy kangaroo.

The 4-month-old brushtail possum is being cared for at the Taronga Zoo in Australia.

Her caretakers named her Bettina.

She was brought to the Taronga Wildlife Hospital last month after being found alone and suffering from dehydration, zoo officials said on their website.

Since receiving emergency first aid, Bettina has made a recovery.

She found a soft toy kangaroo that she clings to both while she sleeps and eats, zoo officials said.

They said since she isn’t getting that natural affection from her mother, the toy gives her comfort.

While the kangaroo isn’t as fluffy as an adult, Bettina clings to it as she would her real mother in the wild.

The hospital said it cares for and treats more than 1,000 injured or orphaned native animals every year.

See more pictures of Bettina here.

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