An opossum keen to have a tipple decided to break into a liquor store in Florida to find her booze of choice.

The female marsupial apparently drank bourbon before being brought to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.

A liquor store employee found the animal next to a broken and empty bottle of bourbon.

She sobered up at the rescue centre before being released back into the wild.

Michelle Pettis, of Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, said: “A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it. She definitely wasn’t fully acting normal.”

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Pettis told the Northwest Florida Daily News the opossum appeared disoriented, was excessively salivating and was pale.

She said: “We loaded her up with fluids to help flush out any alcohol toxins. She was good a couple of days later.”

Pettis added the opossum did not appear to have a hangover.

The store owner, Cash Moore, said he never had an opossum break in before.

He added: “She came in from the outside and was up in the rafters, and when she came through she knocked a bottle of liquor off the shelf.

“When she got down on the floor she drank the whole damn bottle.”