Town seeks alternate for live possum drop
A New Year’s Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won’t involve the live animal. During past drops, the possum was suspended in a seethrough box covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued, calling the event in Brasstown illegal and cruel. Last month, a judge ruled a state agency lacked authority to issue a permit for the drop. Clay Logan told the Asheville Citizen-Times for its Thursday edition that he’s considering using a stuffed animal or maybe roadkill this year.