Possums are a normal part of living in Australia, with most Aussies seeing these furry friends in trees and in their attics. But one very special possum has left a lasting impression on a woman because of how noticeably different it looks.
"[It] never gets less exciting to have an encounter with this one," she said. "[I] feel very lucky to have this one frequenting our garden".
Hayley Shute, from the Australian Reptile Park, told Yahoo News Australia this possum is a golden brushtail, known by some as a "Pikachu possum".
What makes a possum's fur golden?
Golden brushtail possums are this colour because of a genetic mutation that occurs at birth. It's the result of low levels of melanin in their skin and fur.
"[They're] rare to see in the wild," Hayley said.
Their colour sadly means they naturally find it harder to camouflage than other possums do, so they may be more likely to become prey which is partially why it's less likely to see them out and about.
Brushtail possums are native to Australia
Though some consider common possums, like brushtails or ringtails, to be pests — they are actually native species.
Brushtail possums are marsupials and are about the size of a house cat. These nocturnal animals tend to be black or grey and, according to NSW Department of Planning and Environment, are the most widely distributed possum in Australia.
Due to being found in urban areas often, ABC Pest Control Warren Bailey previously told Yahoo that you can safely deter them from your home by getting a one-way door, which allows the possum to leave the area and prevent it from re-entering, and you can call a professional to block off the entry points.
If you see an injured possum, contact your local council or wildlife rescuer.
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