Possum stops traffic on Surfers Paradise Boulevard

A possum found himself behind bars at the weekend after sending traffic into chaos by crossing Surfers Paradise Boulevard.

The friendly marsupial – who police nicknamed ‘Cobber’ – became frightened by the cars while crossing the road on Sunday night and scurried into the engine bay of a car that had slowed down to avoid him.

Surfers Paradise Police were called in to manage the situation, as the car was blocking the road and causing a hazard to other traffic, as well as the G:Link and pedestrians.


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Police say they were able to persuade ‘Cobber’ out of the engine bay, before a number of bystanders helped to capture him in a makeshift trap made from a bin and a bread tray.

‘Cobber’ was taken to the Animal Emergency Service at Carrara where he was taken care of by veterinary staff.

Cobber the possum is loose in Surfers Paradise Gold Coast

PHOTO: Supplied by Queensland Police

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