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Mutated Australian possum now called "Pikachu"



Last month, an orphaned possum was handed over to a wildlife rescue service in Melbourne. Born with a "genetic mutation", the bright color scheme has given him a very fitting name: Pikachu.

The Age reports that the possum has a specific mutation that results in "too little melanin levels." Instead of having its fur brown, it instead became gold.

She was about five months old when she was found by a member of the public and was probably killed by her mother. Pikachu will not be released back into the wild because she is an easy target for predators with her light coat.

"One of the problems with unusual colors, especially when they are pale, this is a nocturnal animal and when they are pale they are obvious to predators like an owl," said Kath Handasyde of Melbourne University The Age .

Although Pikachu is rare as a percentage of the wider population, Pikachu is not the only golden opus area; Caroline Dazey of Wildlife Victoria says there are "small bags of them in Victoria and we try to keep their situation a secret to protect them."

Hopefully there is a platypus that looks like Psyduck lives with them.


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