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‘That’s a new one.’ Opossum found stuck in Folsom Aquatic Center pool

Opossom goes for swim at Folsom Aquatic Center, gets stuck in drain, finally rescued

An opossum went for a swim Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at the Folsom Aquatic Center to cool off, but got stuck in the drain. Firefighters were able to pull him out.
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An opossum went for a swim Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at the Folsom Aquatic Center to cool off, but got stuck in the drain. Firefighters were able to pull him out.

Firefighters rescued an opossum Sunday who took an ill-fated swim in a pool at the Folsom Aquatic Center.

According to Scott Seeba, recreation coordinator at the aquatic center, pool staff noticed the critter stuck in a drain at about 2 p.m. Staff called on the Folsom Fire Department, located right next door, for help. Within 15 minutes, Seeba said, the opossum was retrieved from the water.

“We’re backed up to a wetland area, so we get a little bit of wildlife in here once in a while but generally not in the pools,” Seeba said. “So that was a surprise.”

Firefighters released the tired but otherwise unhurt animal in a field away from houses – “a happy ending,” Seeba said.

A video posted to the fire department’s Facebook page showed the rescue, which earned firefighters cheers and applause from a couple dozen onlookers gathered around the pool. The video shows firefighters and lifeguards extracting the opossum from the drain, then pulling it from the pool in a net.

The possum plays dead but appears to be unharmed.

“That’s a new one,” says one of the firefighters about the situation.

Don Sweeney: 916-321-1028, @PatrickS

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