Opossum breaks jaw, blinded after golfers beat it with clubs, animal rehab group says

Golfers leave opossum blinded with broken jaw after beating it with clubs

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — A 2-pound opossum suffered a broken jaw and was blinded after it was beaten by golfers with their clubs on a South Carolina golf course, according to an animal rehabilitation organization.

According to Wildlife Rehab of Greenville, the opossum was beaten at a golf course in Hilton Head Island, WSAV reported. The animal, now called Scarlett, still has its baby teeth, the animal organization said.

Wildlife Rehab of Greenville took in the animal on Wednesday, according to the organization’s Facebook page. That was the same day Scarlett was injured, Wendy Watson, the organization’s president, told WSAV.

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“The injuries are indicative of being struck with a golf club,” Watson told CNN.

“It’s hard to imagine why she was attacked so viciously,” Wildlife Rehab of Greenville wrote on its Facebook page.

The organization reported the incident to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the television station reported.

SCDNR spokesman David Lucas told WSAV his organization received a number of other calls this week about the opossum and Wildlife Rehab of Greenville’s Facebook post.

Luca said it was unclear which golf course the opossum was attacked at, the television station reported. However, Watson said Wildlife Rehab of Greenville would release that information to the SCDNR; she did not reveal the name of the course.

“This event should not reflect on the golf course or the city of Hilton Head,” Watson told WJCL. "This act is the sole responsibility of the sick person or persons who attacked this baby.

The rehab center has received more than $6,000 in donations to care for Scarlett, WYFF reported.

A 2-pound opossum was severely injured and blinded when hit by golf clubs at a South Carolina course.
A 2-pound opossum was severely injured and blinded when hit by golf clubs at a South Carolina course. (Rhona Wise/AFP via Getty Images)