This is an Australian possum.  I believe that this particular possum is a Brushtail possum, a species commonly found around campus.  Possums are nocturnal marsupials that may be herbivores or omnivores.  At night I would often see this very possum foraging in this tree, sometimes trying to get the nectar from the trees’ blossoms.  One of the main things that my friends and I would point out about these animals was just how much cuter they are than North American opossums.  Something about possums’ long snouts, big eyes, and long, furry tails makes them easier on the eyes than opossums are, but the two animals are in separate orders, so they are not all that closely related, which may account for this difference in appearance.

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