Baby possum rescued after climbing up through toilet

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 12, 2017 at 10:20 AM
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Oct. 12 (UPI) -- An animal rescuer in Australia responded to an early morning call to remove a baby possum that somehow ended up stuck in a resident's toilet.

Nigel Williamson of Nigel's Animal Rescue and Pest Control said he received a call Tuesday night from a man who discovered a baby possum that appeared to be stuck in the drain of his toilet.

"It's the first time in 30 years that I've ever heard of a possum coming up through the toilet system," Williamson told 7 News. "I've heard of rats before but never a possum."

Williamson said the resident told him the lid to the toilet had been closed, leading him to believe the small marsupial made its way up through the plumbing system.

"Glad he looked down before he sat down," Williamson said.

Williamson's partner, a veterinary nurse, drove about an hour to the Montrose, Victoria, home.

She posted a video to the business' Facebook page showing the 4- to 5-month-old possum's predicament.

Williamson said the nurse was able to pluck the possum out of the water, dry it off and warm it with her body heat on the drive home.

He said the possum is doing well and they plan to release it near the man's home.

"[He was] not showing any trauma from his ordeal," Williamson said.

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