Opossum puts bite on Mississauga woman

This opossum bit Liz Wozniak, of Mississauga. Fears that she might have contracted rabies, prompted...

This opossum bit Liz Wozniak, of Mississauga. Fears that she might have contracted rabies, prompted doctors to give her a series of shots. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:54 PM ET

Liz Wozniak doesn’t want to play possum, even though she was bit by one.

The Mississauga woman was unplugging Christmas lights in the backyard of her Bough Beeches Blvd. home — in the Rathburn Rd.-Ponytrail Dr. area — around 10 p.m. on Friday when she put her hand against recycling bins.

She felt a sharp pain when an opossum, as the animals are formally called, bit her fingers.

She required 16 injections in hospital to fight off the possibility she contracted rabies. The critter escaped before anyone could catch it.

“Something jumped up and bit me and it was blood, immediately, everywhere,” she said Sunday. “My husband went and snapped a picture outside and, Christ, it was a possum in the bin. It was horrifying and very painful. It was worse than going into labour.”



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