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Mad Aussie
04-18-2012, 06:35 AM
I like possums ... because they look so cuddly and no one else in Aussie or New Zealand seems to like them much.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5036/7089932073_e0e23f3fe9_o.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7123/7089931975_1b7ae80761_o.jpg

celksy
04-18-2012, 08:56 AM
I'm not a big fan of them here in the US either- but those are good photos :)

AntZ
04-18-2012, 10:08 AM
They are cute until they set up home in your ceiling.

Marko
04-18-2012, 10:20 AM
shot 2 is a wonderful catch!!

Mad Aussie
04-18-2012, 04:45 PM
Thanks Guys.

C'mon AntZ ... set up a possum box and get the kids to feed them fruit at dusk :)

AntZ
04-18-2012, 06:22 PM
Thanks Guys.

C'mon AntZ ... set up a possum box and get the kids to feed them fruit at dusk :)

I don't have in the ceiling at the moment, but have one near by Possum | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtb_antz/3181319019/)

Kids would need full body armour just in case.

kat
04-18-2012, 06:51 PM
No..not cuddly to me. Look like furry big bats..haha. Nicely captured!

Mad Aussie
04-18-2012, 07:38 PM
Beautiful shot in your Flickr link AntZ!

Awww Kat ... you'd be a nervous wreck after a week with me :)

asnow
04-19-2012, 07:58 PM
Like #2, but I don't think he looks that cuddly

Mad Aussie
04-20-2012, 01:24 AM
Like #2, but I don't think he looks that cuddly
They are as soft as a baby's sigh!! In NZ they blend possum fur with Merino wool to create what they call NZ Mink ... it's an incredibly soft fabric with amazing warmth.

Doug L
04-21-2012, 05:03 AM
Love the detail in #2. Is the eye colour just major red-eye? If so, I guess it's not surprising for night critters having extremely dilated pupils.

Mad Aussie
04-21-2012, 05:36 AM
Thanks Doug! No red eye there ... Aussie native animals tend to have reddish eyes.

Hillbillygirl
04-22-2012, 07:22 AM
Nice captures, and they do look much cuter than our giant rat-like possum we have here.

Mad Aussie
04-22-2012, 07:39 AM
Nice captures, and they do look much cuter than our giant rat-like possum we have here.
O I C ... yours is a bit different! I'll have to go google that now :)

Mad Aussie
04-22-2012, 07:44 AM
After a quick google I now understand why North Americans don't think of 'Possums' as cute. It's because our native Aussie Possum is NOT the thing as the American Opossum!

Here's an excerpt from an Aussie website explaining the difference ...

The American possums are actually called opossums, scientific name, Didelphimorphia. But for some reason, they are more commonly referred to as possums, just like our native Australian species.

But our Australian possums are (scientific name) Phalangeridae. Both are marsupials, but that’s about it. Other than that, they are not really related at all. But I wasn’t the only one who was fooled by all this; there are still plenty of websites out there that claim possums and opossums are the same. They are not.

It seems that all the confusion was started by Capt Cook’s botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, who named the Australian animal a possum because it “looked like” the American opossum. Luckily, he didn’t travel north, otherwise our crocodiles would be called alligators.

The big difference though, for me, and you will not find this information in too many encyclopaedias or wildlife books, is that the American possum has pointy teeth and looks scary and the Australian possum is a real cutie.