ALASKA PUBLIC MEDIA – An Alaskan living in New York City has become somewhat internet famous for wrangling a possum out of a local bar.
Yeah. That’s right. An Alaskan versus a possum. And it was caught on video.
Sara Fulton is originally from Anchorage and manages a cafe-bistro called Stowaway in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood.
Next door to Stowaway is a bar named Temkin’s. And, as she sometimes does, Fulton stopped in after work last Thursday for a drink with a friend. Fulton recently spoke with Alaska News Nightly Host Casey Grove about what happened next.
Sara Fulton: And I was playing pinball because they have pinball. So I was just there playing pinball and having a good time, just, you know, your normal night at Temkin’s. But before it all happened, I was outside talking with a friend. And that’s when we saw a critter run into the bar.
“I scruffed him. I grabbed him by the back of his neck, carried him out and tried to figure out the safest spot for him. And that was on the sidewalk, and I put him down and he ran away.”
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SF: Yeah, so the possum runs in, and we’re like, “What was that?” And I was like, “I swear to God, I think that’s a possum.”
And we run in, everybody is on the other side of the bar freaking out. And it was just like me and my friend. He grabbed a bunch of stools and cornered the possum to the corner of the bar. And then I looked around, and I was like, “Well, I guess I’m the calmest one here.” And I just said, “Hold my phone. I’m from Alaska. I got this.”
CG: There’s a couple of things I need to unpack there. So why you? And why did you say, “I’m an Alaskan. I got this?”
SF: Yeah, because, I don’t know. I think it’s just because it’s like, you know, they’re all a bunch of New Yorkers. It’s like what we deal with are cockroaches and rats. And then I was like, “Oh, a possum, that’s nothing compared to a moose or bear.”
I was like, “This is nothing.” It was me trying to justify why I could handle it, so nobody could question me, and I’d just take care of the possum.
“Alaska breeds badass people.”
CG: And it sounds like that worked. Nobody questioned you over that.
SF: No, and they’re just like, “Oh, OK, she’s from Alaska. Let her handle it.” You know, New York is great, but so is Alaska. Alaska breeds badass people. I don’t know if I can say that. But, I mean, Alaska creates, like it has the most amazing people. And everyone needs to know that.
CG: That’s awesome. So what did you actually do to get it out the door?