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.