Trichosurus vulpecula, the brushtailed possum, is native to Australia and was introduced to New Zealand during the 1800s with the ever popular notion of establishing a lucrative fur trade. Shockingly, the buggers got loose. Wait a few years and you have on your hands a bonafide invasive species with no known predators on the island. They’re kind of cute, kind of ugly, and really hungry. They are primarily folivorous, but have been known to eat small mammals in a pinch, also… wait for it… kiwi birds. Bad idea possums, might as well come to America and eat baby bald eagles or mooselets in Canada. This can mean only one thing.
The possums must be stopped.