Australian Vet Clinic Rescues Rare Golden Possum

Did you ever wonder what inspired the illustrators of Pokemon, to create such bizarre and otherworldly creatures? If so, you’re in the right place. An Australian vet clinic recently rescued a rare golden possum, that shares an uncanny resemblance to the electric-type Pokemon, Pikachu.

A member of the public first spotted this rare golden possum, vigorously searching for his mamma, in a park in Melbourne, Australia. The man brought the 5-months-old possum to the Boronia Veterinary Clinic And Animal Hospital. At the clinic, the vets concluded the critter was in good health. Given the possum’s relatively young age, vets believe that he must have fallen off his mother’s back.

The rare golden possum may never be returned to the wild

While most Australian brushtail possums have brown colored coats, others, like this one, can have more unusual color variations. The unique color is a result of a rare mutation, that reduces the levels of melanin, the hormone in charge of giving the fur its typical brown color. But the same thing that saved the life of the possum, in this case, might have taken its life in the wild, as Dr. Kath Handasyde of the Melbourne University’s School of Biosciences explained“One of the issues with unusual colours, particularly if they are pale, is this a nocturnal animal and if they are pale they are obvious to predators like an owl,”

Boronia Veterinary Clinic proudly announced their new resident in a Facebook post. The post, as you can only guess, since went viral, with more than 3.2K reactions and 2.7K shares.

Putting fame aside, releasing the rare golden possum back into the wild, wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves. As it spent most of his life in captivity, the possum isn’t ready to live with other, more territorial possums. “If she becomes [a little] more out there and a bit feisty she might be released, but if she stays anxious she will remain in long-term care,” 

Whatever the future holds for this magnificent golden possum, we simply wish him the best!
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