Remember Pikachu? Pokémon? Well, this orphan possum looks just like it.
The possum was found lying on the ground and it was just five months old. According to vets, the possum has probably fallen from its mother’s back.
The baby was taken to a Melbourne vet clinic and it was called “Pikachu.” Wonder why? It looks just like the Pokémon character!
“We recently had a very special possum brought in to the clinic,” Boronia Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital wrote in a Facebook post.
“The golden color occurs due to a mutation that causes a low level of the pigment melanin which gives them their normal color. They are so rare in the wild as although their bright color makes them look special to us, they also stand out to predators! Luckily for this baby brushtail, she’s gone to carers to be raised and then will end up in a wildlife sanctuary so she can live a long happy life.”
The photo of “Pikachu” went viral and a lot of people shared it. The comments section was full of great words for the possum.
Pikachu’s life would be under a threat if released in the wild. Its unique color would make it an easy target for predators.
“One of the issues with unusual colors, particularly if they are pale, is this a nocturnal animal and if they are pale they are obvious to predators like an owl,” Dr. Kath Handasyde from Melbourne University’s School of Biosciences said.
What will happen to Pikachu now? It’s up to the wildlife carer to make a decision.
Caroline Dazey from Wildlife Victoria said that other golden possums thrive well on Melbourne’s fringes too, adding that they “do get calls about them, there are little pockets of them in Victoria and we try to keep their location secret to keep them safe.”
This is one of the cutest animals we have ever seen. Australians are privileged to share the ground with such a magnificent creature.