The annual New Year's Eve possum drop can go ahead as planned in a North Carolina town, a judge has ruled.
He says he will not block the organiser of a mountain town's celebration from getting a state permit allowing him to capture a possum and lower it in a cage at midnight.
Lawyers for the Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court in Raleigh yesterday.
The animal welfare organisation sought to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown. A PETA lawyer says the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum's nerves and health.
The state commission issued a permit on Friday allowing the organiser to capture the animal.
And yesterday the judge ruled the show in Brasstown can go on.