This extremely rare golden possum, which was rescued by a veterinary clinic in Australia, is probably the closest thing to Pikachu.
In November 2018, Boronia Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital in Australia found an unusual-looking possum with yellow smooth fur instead of the normal greyish black scratchy fur. People saw this and started comparing the possum to Pikachu.
Dr. Stephen Reinisch from Boronia Veterinary Clinic and Hospital revealed how the popular possum came to the clinic. The yellow-colored female possum was found on the ground supposedly after falling off her mother’s back. She was 5-months old when she was brought into the clinic to be taken care of.
“She was a bit shy at first, as expected, given the strange situation she had found herself in, but was otherwise in good spirits and health.”, Dr. Stephen Reinisch said.
She is still too young to go back to the wild so will stay in the clinics care. So she needs to live with the carers until she’s ready. On the clinic’s viral post, they explain that the yellow marsupial is a rare variety of the common brushtail possum. Their golden fur is caused by a mutation which causes a low level of melanin, a pigment that gives them their normal color.
Common brushtail possums are widespread in Australia despite the golden variety being rare, they actually exist in the state.