Mutated Australian Possum Now Named "Pikachu"

James Marshall
December 4, 2018

"Pretty sure that's a Pokemon", one person commented, while another exclaimed: "It's Pikachu!". (Like a real life shiny!) She was found by a member of the public in Melbourne, Australia, and is now in the care of Boronia Veterinary Clinic.

A rare golden possum has found viral fame thanks to its striking similarity with the Pokemon character Pikachu after being saved from nearly certain death by a good Samaritan.

Around five months old, she was brought in after being found by a member of the public, likely having fallen off her mother's back.

The golden coat is more of a curse than a blessing; it makes it extremely hard for the creature to survive in the wild; thus, the rescue team decided not to release Pikachu in its natural habitat.

After a brief stay at the clinic, the possum was placed with a wildlife carer.

A odd mutation has made one of the world's ugliest real animals look like one of the cutest fictional ones. Being easier to see in the dark means that the animals are easier for predators to see and kill. If the possum remains anxious, she will be kept in long-term care.

Other golden possums are known to live on the fringes of Melbourne; but the problem is that the possums are also very territorial making releasing Pikachu into the wild in areas with other golden possums an even bigger challenge. Caroline Dazey from Wildlife Victoria says the state has "little pockets" of the critters, but they try to keep their location secret.

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