This is the Australian
version of the possum, it looks very different from an American possum,
which I can only describe as a nasty overgrown rat.
possums like these are nocturnal, they make good pets if you raise them
from the time they're young, and they're great animals - in Australia.
In New Zealand, they're
a major pest, they were introduced in the late 1800s to establish a fur
trade, and they've done an excellent job of destroying New Zealand's native
forests, which aren't equipped to deal with grazing animals, since there
weren't any, before Europeans arrived. When the forests go,
so do the New Zealand birds, so possums like this one carry a lot of the
blame for the decimation of the New Zealand native bird population.