Opossum found with two arrows through its body in Riverside

An opossum was found alive Friday in Riverside with arrows shot through its head and body, animal officials said.

The opossum was found alert near the intersection of Hole and Jones avenues, officials said.

Dr. Magid Anwar, one of the staff veterinarians who performed emergency surgery, said the opossum suffered damage to its lung tissue but believed it has a chance at a full recovery.

Officials said the animal, who was nicknamed "Robin" by veterinary technicians, will likely be transported to a community facility that specialize in the rehabilitation of such wildlife.

Animal Control Officer Jennifer Selter said she was very stunned to discover that the animal was still alive after such a heinous injury.

"I found him in some was very surprised he was still alive," Officer Selter said. "It's amazing that our veterinary team managed to remove the arrows and the animal appears to be recovering well."

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the Riverside County Department of Animal Services at 951-358-7387 or online at rcdas.org.

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