Baby opossum found swimming in San Diego woman's toilet

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   May 19, 2016 at 1:12 PM

SAN DIEGO, May 19 (UPI) -- Animal control officers conducted a strange rescue in southern California when a woman discovered a baby opossum in her home toilet.

The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services said in a Facebook post a woman in San Diego's Pacific Beach neighborhood discovered the opossum in her toilet May 1.

Animal Control Officer Carlos Wallis captured the small opossum and took it to a facility operated by animal charity Project Wildlife.

"Not to worry, we don't think this one came up through the plumbing. After finding a second opossum in her home, the resident found a broken window where they likely gained access," the department said.

Officials said the opossums will be released into the wild when they are large enough to fend for themselves.

The department said in a comment on the post that a different animal control officer told officials she rescued a different opossum from a different toilet across town in the North Park neighborhood.

"We promise that we don't make this stuff up!" the department said.

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