New Year's Eve Possum Drop to go ahead in N.C. town

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We're guessing "Jed" Clampett would approve of Brasstown's plans to bring in 2014.

A judge in the North Carolina mountain town says he will not block the organizer of a New Year's Eve show from capturing a possum and lowering it in a plastic cage at midnight.

The Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 23 to try and block the annual Possum Drop.

A PETA lawyer said the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum's nerves and health.

The Los Angeles Times says the Drop is so popular that a 30-minute documentary about it, The Possum Drop, was released over the summer. And in a YouTube video titled, A Possum's Tale, one resident says, "We put [the possum] in a little cage and it's let down real easy, it don't get hurt, we take really good care of it.

"This keeps animal lovers off our back.... We don't mistreat animals in this end of the country because we know all about possums. We've hunted them, we've eaten them, we've killed them.... There's plenty of possums here."


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