Woman Doesn’t Believe Grandson When He Tells Her What Her ‘Cat’ Really Is


Opossums aren’t the most beautiful creatures in the animal kingdom. To some, they’re downright frightening.

Not to Eric Hertlein’s grandmother. She doesn’t mind how they look. In fact, she doesn’t think they look all that dissimilar from her own cats.

On a recent trip to visit his grandmother in Kansas, Hertlein ran into those very cats and found they had made a new friend. An opossum had wiggled its way into the cat pack, and Hertlein’s grandmother was none the wiser.

“She reassured me it was one of her cats,” Hertlein told The Dodo. “I told her it wasn’t what she thought it was.”

Maybe out of respect to grandma, the opossum had been on its best behavior and even earned a new nickname. Hertlein’s grandmother named the animal “Tete,” and while she initially didn’t believe her grandson when he explained what the animal was, she wasn’t disappointed to learn the truth.

“Well, he hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m OK with him being here!” she said.

Tete had spent most nights since his birth sleeping outside grandmother’s house, Bored Panda reports. His parents or siblings were nowhere to be found.

Now, safe and sound at grandmother’s, Tete is bringing joy to the whole family.

“She reassured me it was one of her cats…I laughed for a good five minutes,” Hertlein said. “She didn’t realize what I was laughing about until I started pointing out the pointy nose and skinny tail. She didn’t realize he wasn’t a cat.”

We wish the best to Tete and his newfound family of cats, but the reality of life for shelter pets is much less lovely. Millions of shelter animals face uneasiness and anxiety every day, waiting for the right forever family to come along. But there’s a way you can help.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee. Find more about Matthew on his personal website.