He died the victim of an apparent hit-and-run accident on South Owen Drive in Madison, WI. In a bizarre turn of events, a pedestrian spotted his flattened body in the middle of the possum crossing, and took a cell phone photo, running off to summon the City’s animal body detail. But when they arrived, the remains had disappeared, leaving only a furry grease spot on the road. After several days of deliberation, the Cartoon Coroner pronounced him “out of print.” The SPCA is conducting an investigation.
Pogo and his gang of Okefenokee misfits portrayed an ideal southern society, without species divisions.
Possum’s longtime friend, Churchy LaFemme said: “That quote says it all… about why our lakes are in trouble.”
Churchy LaFemme was last seen headed south.
"This city ain't safe for critters."
Despondent over greenway plans
Possum leaves no known survivors, although he is rumored to have many half siblings from his father’s days in the Disney Studios and Dell Comics. His stepmother Selby Kelly died in 2005, after several attempts to revive Possum’s following. Neighbors of the greenway regret not knowing about the illustrious old marsupial living in their midst. They have pledged to remember Possum by revamping Madison’s Board of Public Works, to make it more responsive to the public.
Resident Liz McBride said, “Posthumously, he‘s still the Protest Possum. People are going to rally to save his hollow tree from the saw." The funeral date is to be announced. Thousands are expected.
Tiptoeing over limestone riprap. Ouch.
All drawings except Bucky copyright by Walt Kelly, used here under "fair use" provision of law. Photos copyright by David Thompson.