A US man has been charged with public drunkenness after he tried to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to roadkill.
Police arrested Donald Wolfe, 55, after witnesses reported seeing him trying to revive a long dead possum, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
One reported seeing Mr Wolfe kneeling before the animal and gesturing as though he were conducting a seance.
Another reported seeing him give mouth to mouth resuscitation to the carcass on a highway north-east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
State police trooper Jamie Levier said the animal had been dead a while.
Trooper Levier says the Brookville man was "extremely intoxicated" and "did have his mouth in the area of the animal's mouth, I guess".
A possum is about the size of a domestic cat. The animals are known for feigning death when threatened, hence the phrase "playing possum".
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Drunk man tried to revive roadkill.