Aussie man startled after creature 'grabs his hand' inside mailbox

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A man on a rural property had a new furry tenant move into his mailbox — unfortunately without his knowledge – resulting in a shock when he went to retrieve something from it.

TikTok user lukeyp88 posted a video online, which showed him walking up to a mailbox and pulling it open to find a baby brushtail possum, looking very at home in his new surroundings.

"I just f***ing stuck my hand in there looking for my head torch and he grabbed me round the knuckles," the surprised man said in the video.

The tiny possum was found in the man's mailbox.
The man was surprised by the new resident of the mailbox. Source: TikTok/ lukeyp88

The tiny possum looks startled as the man opens the door, raising its paw and causing many users to joke it was spoiling for a fight.

'Look at it's fist': TikTok users react to video

Thousands of TikTok users from all around the world have watched the videos, with many suggesting it be kept as a pet while others thought it resembled a baby monster.

"Australia. Never randomly stick your hand in anything," one user wrote.

"Honestly I'd watch a whole TV show that just consists of random Australians reacting to their wildlife," another commented.

Some thought the tiny marsupial was ready to fight.


"I swear that is exactly the little shoe box monster I made up in all the bedtime stories I told my son," another joked.

Brush-tailed possums are one of the most common marsupials in Australia. They're found along the east coast and also live in inland areas along tree-lined rivers and creeks, according to the NSW Government website.

The possums can grow as big as domestic cats and have a pointed snout, pink nose, long whiskers and large ears. They also have sharp claws, which they use to climb trees and comb their fur.

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