Opossum on Subway Causes Evacuation

The animal rode from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012  |  Updated 1:05 PM EDT
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Opossum on Subway Causes Evacuation

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A wild opossum on a Manhattan-bound D train startled riders and forced the evacuation of a train last Friday around 4:30 a.m.

The marsupial was along for the ride from somewhere deep in Brooklyn, and rode all the way to West Fourth Street, where the train was evacuated and police officers attempted to retrieve it, according to The New York Times.

The officers were not successful, though, and the train had to be sent to a subway yard in the Bronx where animal control agents retrieved the opossum.

One expert told the Times that even though it may be a rare occurrence to see an opossum on the train, it wouldn't be out of character for the animal.

“It’s not surprising that one would wander into a train because they are so comfortable living around people,” said Patrick Thomas, the general curator at the Bronx Zoo. “It might have been drawn to the train by heat, or the smell of food.”

The Times was not able to find out what happened to the opossum after it was removed.

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