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possum

a member of the family Phalangeridae, of marsupials. Insectivorous and frugiferous these squirrel-like animals have a beautiful dense fur and a prehensile tail. There are a number of species including brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus spp.), ring-tailed possum (Pseudochirus spp.), phalangers or gliding possums (Petaurus spp.).
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In south-east Australia most animals, including marsupial herbivores, were hunted as a source of food and raw materials; cloaks were made from animal skins, notably those of brushtail possums.
The story begins with Mother Possum cleaning out her pouch as her two joeys, Noola and Benji want to live outside.
Australian National University ecologist Professor David Lindenmayer says while it is true that pure, large-scale stands of pines are ecological deserts, around Tumut, in southern NSW, both possum and whistler species are flourishing in a landscape of 10-year old pines interspersed with strips and islands of remnant eucalypt woodland.
Testing of additional archived tissues from 8 similarly affected ringtail possums and 3 rabbits did not identify further cases positive for F.
Soft possum fur garments are warmer, easier to dry and much lighter to wear.
One, the Eastern Pygmy Possum, was identified using its distribution to assist in identification.
This combination of logging and wildfire threatens the remaining unburnt habitat of Victoria's faunal emblem, the endangered Lead-beater's possum.
The only way to save the possums is to stop their not-so-friendly feline friends from their night prowls.
Sad to say, most folks who live in Dixie no longer "keep eatin' possum till they can't eat no more," which they were still doing back in the 1940s, when entertainer Al Jolson, who sang those words in his seminal Southern ballad, "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
One creature there--the white possum (technically, the northern lemuroid ringtail)--is on the verge of extinction.