Kayaker in Florida rescues pregnant possum
Updated: Wednesday, March 27 2013, 10:10 PM EDT
MIAMI, Fla. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - He's being called the possum whisperer.
Eric Markt is an avid kayaker and spends much of his time checking out Miami's wildlife from the water.
After a strange twist during an outing on Tuesday, Eric is no longer just an observer.
He thought he saw a small dog struggling in the water on Tuesday, but once he got closer, he realized it was a possum.
He almost kept paddling, but instead he let the animal climb on-board and brought her to shore.
It turns out she was pregnant.
Eric says he's an animal lover, and apologized to his neighbors for introducing more possums, but he felt rescuing her was the right thing to do.
He's now receiving global attention for his rescue.