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The rescue of an injured possum on Pitt Street on Wednesday afternoon requries the suspension of monorail services for half an hour.
Sydney's monorail was brought to a halt about noon today as emergency services rescued an injured possum.
The marsupial, nicknamed Kevin by its rescuers, was hit by a car in Pitt Street in the CBD last night before running up a tree at the junction with Bathurst Street.
It was sitting on a branch, clearly injured.
Fire Brigades officers were given the go-ahead to extend an aerial ladder from a truck to rescue the animal.
The authorities had to shut down the city’s entire monorail system for about half an hour because the tree was right next to the line.
Firefighters sawed branches from the tree to make it easier for a crew to reach the possum.
About 100 people gathered to watch as firefighters removed the possum from the tree about 12.20pm.
A large tarpaulin was held by fire officers below, just in case Kevin slipped during the rescue.
"He's really cute, I hope he makes it," Sandra Martinez, 28, said as she watched Kevin being rescued.
A female office worker, who also watched the rescue, said: "He's just adorable, the poor thing."
Barry Alexander of the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) said Kevin was taken to the University of Sydney's veterinary training hospital.
He said the possum had a "serious loss of fur on its rump area" and had serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Mr Alexander said the animal most likely came from nearby Hyde Park.
"Even in Hyde Park, it's pretty hazardous for them [possums] because you have human intervention and people feeding them. That doesn't help them because they become dependent on humans and lose their natural fear and they tend to spread out a bit further and go on roads."
Vet Jeffrey So said the possum had a suspected fractured pelvis and was undergoing X-rays. It had also lost a big patch of fur.
The next 24 hours would be critical for the possum, Dr So said.
He said the creature’s survival would depend on whether it had other internal injuries, but hopes remained high.
Pitt Street office worker David Carney said: "It's a lot of effort for just a little possum.
"The little blighter better survive after all this."
Tufts of possum hair lay in the gutter in Pitt Street where the animal was hit by the car.
A fire officer from Glebe said it was not uncommon for his crew to be called out to rescue possums.
But it was rare for them to be in such an awkward place, he said.
The monorail's services resumed about 12.30pm.
The monorail's marketing manager Michelle Silberman said operations had to be halted for the rescue.
"We had to stop the system while they did that," she said.
AAP with Glenda Kwek
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