‘Opossum Queen:’ Texas woman seen in viral video calmly rescuing opossum from country bar

Jessica White won’t be paying for drinks at Banita Creek Hall for a while

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – All hail the opossum queen. That’s the moniker one Texas woman has been given after wrangling a varmint out of a Texas bar.

Jessica White was visiting Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches on April 1 when she spotted one of Texas’ most recognizable creatures wander inside.

“It was a couple of minutes after closing time. We typically turn the lights on right at midnight and give the customers one last dance,” said Jonathan Aviles, the bar’s social media manager. “As that happened, Jessica White, a patron, noticed that the possum wandered in through one of our doors that is closest to our parking lot. It probably smelled our outside hotdog cart.”

Aviles said White approached the opossum and noticed it was calm.

“She wanted to make sure she didn’t put it in harm’s way or around a ton of people. She grabbed it and went and found the owner of the bar to ask what a good place would be to relocate it,” Aviles said.

That’s when the video starts. You can watch it in the media player at the top of this article.

As White carries the opossum by the tail she says “he’s kind of heavy” with a big smile on her face.

“People notice it and go crazy because here is this girl with a massive possum. We take it to our outside patio that has grass and away from all the people and cars,” Aviles said.

According to Aviles, the entire thing lasted about three minutes before White decided to take matters into her own hands — literally.

“Let’s just say Jessica, or as we call her ‘Possum Queen,’ won’t be paying for her next couple of rounds for a while,” Aviles quipped.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.