This guy is a common brushtail possum. I get to work with these lovely critters as part of my current research project. They're usually pretty shy, but this possum (Paul) got very comfortable with me and would greet me when I brought them dinner.
Haha, yeah, a bit like that. They're very adorable - although, like any wild animal, most become defensive when confronted. A lot around the cities are used to being fed by people so they're unfortunately very tame.
I'm doing it both in nature and in captivity. The captive trial lets me see how they react under controlled conditions, and the wild study shows me how they react with all the different things influencing them.
I have a really hard time saying goodbye. It makes me sad every time. I console myself by remembering that the wild is where they belong and where they are happy.