Live possum banned for North Carolina New Year’s Eve event; road kill OK?

A lot of people probably woke up this morning wondering how they pulled off the annual New Year’s Eve “possum drop” in Brasstown, N.C.

Normally the possum is suspended in a festive, see-through box and lowered to the ground at midnight, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. That’s just how possum drops work.

But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued, calling the event illegal and cruel, and a judge ruled that the state agency that issued permits in the past lacked that authority.

So the question is not whether the show would go on but what would be lowered at midnight. A stuffed animal? Or how about a road-killed possum?

We’re betting on the road kill. That’s what organizer Clay Logan did when PETA complained about 10 years ago.

“We cleaned him off, propped him up pretty and froze him in the freezer,” Logan told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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