Heroic Alaskan woman bounces possum off Brooklyn bar

Did you hear the one about the possum that walks into a bar – and becomes owned by an Alaskan woman?

A brave girl from up north came to the rescue of New York revelers last week after she heroically “bounced” an intermediate possum from a Brooklyn bar. A video of the makeshift animal controller’s good deed is now going viral on Instagram, with townspeople praising her skill in dealing with pests.

“I think it was just instinctive,” Sara Fulton — who goes by @Sarakalee on Instagram — told NBC New York about dealing with the filthy customer. “I’m from Alaska and I went camping with black bears hanging out at my campground.”

This now viral rap scallion wandered into Temkin’s Bar in Greenpoint last Thursday night, sending customers into a panic.

Fulton painted the scene, describing: “I was hanging out with my friend outside the bar, the door was open, and then all of a sudden we saw this beast run in, and we looked at each other, and we were just like, ” Was that a dog? Is that a rat?’ †

"Hold the camera, I'm from Alaska," Sara Fulton declared in the viral clip after the possum walked into the bar.
“Hold the camera – I’m from Alaska,” Sara Fulton declared in the viral clip after the possum walked into the bar.
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“We both looked at each other and said, ‘That was too big to be a rat! It must be a possum,’ the Last Frontier resident recalls.

In the awe-inspiring footage on her Instagram, captioned “I did that,” bargoers can be heard yelling as the possum enters the joint and frolic under a table. Then Fulton comes to the rescue.

“Hold the camera—I’m from Alaska,” she declares, calmly extending her hand and grabbing the furry intruder with her bare hand. The confident girl then casually strolls to the door holding the beast by the scruff of the neck like a mischievous cat as bar-goers watch in awe.

"I just went up to him and I was like 'hey, I know you're scared'" recalls Fulton. "And I was like, 'Okay, I think I'll just give you a scruff and get you out, because that would be the least painful for you.'"
“I liked going up to him, and I was like, ‘Hey, I know you’re scared,’” recalls Fulton. “And I thought, ‘Okay, I think I’ll just give you a scruff and get you out, because that would be the least painful for you.’ †
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The saga ends with the lone hero depositing the possum outside, next to a garbage bag à la Patrick Swayze’s character in ‘Roadhouse’.

“I just went up to him and I was like, ‘Hey, I know you’re scared,'” the possum whisperer recalled. “And I thought, ‘Okay, I think I’ll just give you a scruff and get you out, because that would be the least painful for you.’ †

Fulton received several free drinks as a reward for saving the day.
Fulton received several free drinks at Temkin’s Bar in Greenpoint as a reward for saving the day.
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Fulton set the bar-crasher outside next to the trash can.
Fulton set the bar-crasher outside next to the trash can.
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Although the marsupial was several times larger than your average New York City rat, it didn’t phase Fulton, who was used to being around large animals all the time, including a moose she said lived in her backyard.

Needless to say, her heroism struck a chord with bar-goers, who reportedly bought her oodles of free drinks as a reward for saving the day.

“Everyone bought her so many rounds that it became a party after that,” said bartender Rachel Bessemer.

Fulton said she was not phased by the opossum, as she grew up around large animals such as bears and moose.
Fulton said she was not phased by the possum because she grew up around large animals like bears and moose in Alaska.
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Fulton also became the talk of Instagram with an awe-inspiring commentator who wrote, “You’re brave, I’d definitely run.”

“You should be drinking free forever anywhere in Greenpoint,” another gushed.

A new fan wrote: “I’d like to nominate this Alaskan woman who removes a possum from a bar in Greenpoint while Led Zeppelin blares as today’s @david_j_roth New Yorker Of Distinction.”

Meanwhile, popular Instagram account Greenpointers re-shared the clip with the caption, “This lady isn’t playing.”

Fulton became the toast of Brooklyn for her heroic act.
Fulton became the toast of Brooklyn for her heroic act.
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Despite her bravery, Fulton doesn’t believe she’s a hero.

“They say, ‘You’re a hero, you’re a celebrity.’ I’m like, ‘What? No,’ said the verminator. ‘To me it’s just a wild animal. But I have to realize I’m not in Alaska, and you don’t see that every day.’

"I guess it was just instinctive" Fulton said about her pest management skills.
“I think it was just instinctive,” Fulton said of her pest management skills.
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