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Posted: 11:38 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
HICKORY, N.C. —
UPDATE: Police said they seized the possum and had it put down to be tested for rabies.Police in Hickory are trying to determine what to do with a pet possum that turned on its owner. Debra Hollar spotted the baby possum during a heavy rainstorm near her home on Ninth Avenue Place Northeast in Hickory last month. For the last six weeks, she has raised the possum, named Fergus, inside a small cage inside her home.Hollar said Fergus bit her hand Tuesday while she was giving him a bath. "He didn't mean to hurt me. It's fine. I want to rescue something and help something if I can. I love all animals. Like I said, he didn't mean to hurt me," Hollar said.Hollar said she is not worried about getting rabies but is taking antibiotics for the next 10 days. Police have asked Hollar to keep the possum quarantined.
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