Trooper has run-in with ‘fire breathing’ opossum

This Friday, July 22, 2011 photo shows a juvenile female Virginia opossum hiding under eucalyptus branches at the home of Leslie Bale, the president of the Opossum Society of the United States, in Bellflower, Calif. The possum and opossum are both marsupials but the Virginia opossum is native to North America and the possum is native to Australia. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — In tongue-in-cheek fashion, Maine State Police are talking about a trooper’s encounter with an opossum described as a “nasty, fire breathing type” of beast.

Trooper Eric Paquette helped remove the opossum from a car in Greene operated by James Feely.

In a posting on the Maine State Police Headquarters Facebook page Wednesday, the report says Feely had discovered the stowaway under his seat while driving. Paquette used his riot baton to persuade the “ferocious looking critter” to exit the vehicle.

The post says no animals were harmed during the “investigation.”

Troopers used the incident to take a friendly dig at the state’s game wardens, noting that “every once in a while we get to do something relatively easy. You know, like what the Game Wardens do every day.”

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