Mystery Seaview Samaritans: Possum rescued from the road

Out of the WSB inboxDeb Barker tells the story:

We had a bit of drama on 48th Ave @ SW Graham this afternoon with a sick or wounded possum lying in the middle of the busy roadway. Two strangers stopped to tend to the critter, getting it into a box, duct taping the box together and getting it into my car. (I was running back and forth setting up traffic cones, calling animal control, fetching gloves, tape, etc). I am hoping that my fellow rescuers read the West Seattle Blog so that they know that the critter was delivered to Seattle Animal Control on 15th West, and they were going to have PAWS take it. (I offered to take the possum to Lynnwood, but it sounded like PAWS was enroute anyway). Also, I have the sweatshirt and blue strapping ties that the rescuers left behind.

But most importantly, I want to thank both of the rescuers for taking time out of their day to stop and offer comfort and aid to a small creature. I’m sorry that the drivers along this street were mostly idiots who couldn’t be bothered to slow down while you crouched in the middle of the street protecting the possum. You are my heros – I am so honored to have met you – THANK YOU!!

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4 Replies to "Mystery Seaview Samaritans: Possum rescued from the road"

  • Irukandji April 4, 2009 (8:56 pm)

    Sounds like a difficult rescue well handled. Admirable.

    I can’t help but add “Taken to Lynnwood” to my compendium of euphemisms, however.

  • LM April 4, 2009 (11:56 pm)

    Thank you, Deb, and your two helpers! It’s so nice to hear a story of people caring enough to rescue a fellow creature. I love possums. They’re really very gentle and sweet. When I first became interested in them I was fascinated to learn that they’re marsupials, related to kangaroos, and the females carry their babies in a pouch. PAWs saved and released a possum I took up to them once; they were even going to do surgery on a gash but in the end he didn’t need it. I’m always glad to hear of fellow animal lovers in West Seattle!

  • marty April 6, 2009 (8:43 am)

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    To show the possum that it actually could be done!!!!!

  • Ms Pam April 6, 2009 (7:29 pm)

    I am reading this story a few days late, but I just had to respond and say how “proud of you all” that I am, for helping this little beast!

    Bless you!

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