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Last Updated: Tuesday October 18 2005 19:12 GMT

Woman nets possum in her garden

A pair of possums, like the one found in Southampton.
Animal carers are looking after a possum found sitting in the garden of a city centre house.

The bushy tailed creature - usually found in Brazil or Australia - was spotted in Southampton.

Marie Young, 25, captured the male marsupial with a fishing net and put him into a shed for the night.

The small furry mammal, which feeds on fruit, is now being cared for by the RSPCA at its Stubbington Ark animal centre in Hampshire.

Deputy manager Helen Freeston said: "It's bizarre that this possum was found on the streets of Southampton.

"It appears to be in good health and we are hoping that someone will miss it as it obviously escaped from somewhere.

"If no one claims him we will look to finding him somewhere to live like a zoo."

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