Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) at Liz and Karl’s. Melbourne, Vic, Australia

On a recent trip to Melbourne we (my wife Engogirl and I) visited our friends Liz and Karl for dinner in their back yard.

From the left, Karl, Liz and Engogirl

Karl made three delicious dishes for the main meal, Boeuf Bourguignonne, Goat Rendang curry and avocado salad which was followed up with orange cake and mango for dessert.  I know the purists out there are rolling their eyes but it all went together very well.

As we were tucking into our dessert a Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) dropped in to see if it could mooch some food. 

Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Australians reading this blog will know that Brushtail Possums are very common but I’m sure any foreigner visiting here would be charmed to see one so close. Many people feed the possums and they can be quite bold and for that reason one should be very careful around them as they can do a lot of damage with their sharp teeth and claws if they decide they are under some kind of threat.

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