HILTON HEAD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Wildlife Rehab of Greenville said a group member is caring for a baby possum that was reportedly beaten with golf clubs in Hilton Head.
The group posted about the animal, now named “Scarlett,” on Facebook on Wednesday. The post has since been shared, liked and commented on more than 14,000 times.
The group says Scarlett is just a baby and was reportedly just getting a drink of water when she was attacked.
“Some golfers beat her with their clubs,” the post claims. “She has a broken jaw and is now blind. If she can recover, she will be an ambassador for opossums everywhere. She’s only 2 pounds and still has baby teeth. It’s hard to imagine why she was attacked so viciously.”
The group said DNR is investigating the case.
SCDNR did confirm they were investigating, but could not definitively say if Scarlett was hit with a club because they have not been able to speak to witnesses or anyone who would have reported it. The agency is urging anyone who has direct knowledge or who saw this happen to call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-922-5431 or via text using the SCDNR TIPS mobile app. You can remain anonymous if you choose to send a tip.
Scarlett is being cared for by a trained rehabber on the coast and receiving veterinary care.
The group is asking people who want to help Scarlett to visit www.wildlife-rehab.com and make a donation.
FOX Carolina has reached out to SC DNR for additional info.