GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - He's been used to teach thousands of people about wildlife with Wild at Heart Rescue Center. Last year alone he took part in nearly 300 educational programs. But on Saturday, Bob the opossum wasn't playing dead; he actually died a few months ago due to a neurological injury.
Recently, a good Samaritan stepped up and donated funds so Bob could have a proper funeral.
His viewing was held at A Pet's Memory Funeral Home and Crematory in Gulfport Saturday afternoon. Those who've come in contact with Bob over the years paid their respects to the marsupial. Many say they fondly remember hand feeding him bananas. He would also allow students to pet him.
"For the most part our aftercare program services that we provide are for dogs, kitties, some birds rabbits. I have to say Bob the opossum is our first experience performing aftercare cremation on a opossum. Bob is very well loved throughout the coast," said owner of A Pet's Memory Linda Sumrall.
Bob was found with a spinal injury in 2011 in Ocean Springs. That injury kept him from being able to be released back into the wild. If you're interested in sharing a fond memory you had with Bob go to A Pet's Memory's facebook page: A Pet's Memory Cremation.