JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A baby opossum’s instinct to play dead evidently didn’t help matters after it got wedged inside a soda machine at a upstate New York fitness club.
The animal ran into the Court Jester Athletic Club in Johnson City, N.Y., near Binghamton, and scurried behind a soda machine in the front vestibule Wednesday evening.
The club’s assistant manager called police realizing the critter was stuck inside, hanging upside down in a compartment below the soda dispenser.
A police officer tried to pull the animal from the bottom of the machine, but it was lodged in place and making no apparent move to escape.
About a half hour later, an employee arrived with a key for the machine, the front panel was opened and the animal rescued.
The officer released it in a nearby cemetery.
-- Robin Palmer