A park employee who’s job was to provide a simple service to park guests got quite the surprise while at work this particular day.
It is quiet common place to have the odd mishap or escapee at wildlife resorts and Parks Victoria in Melbourne is no exception. None of the team expected the surprise they got on this day.
It was while replacing the toilet paper at the Yarra Bend Park rest area, that one employee discovered a possum nesting in the toilet paper dispensary.
Who can blame the little guy, really? It was ultra cozy in there and already primed for nesting with the toilet paper providing the perfect bedding.
Knowing the possum would return to the dispensary, the park employees built the furry little critter a shelter in the trees. Luckily the possum was fond of the new shelter and did not return to the toilet nesting area.
This Australian species of possum is known as a brushtail and resembles a squirrel. It often makes its home inside of roofs, which is, no doubt, not fun for any homeowner.
The park posted photos of their friend on Facebook, with this message: “Rangers often see strange things at times but Cameron at Yarra Bend Park admits he was not expecting this following message from the park’s cleaners! ‘Hi Cameron. There is a possum living inside the paper dispenser of the toilet at the Loop picnic area. Thank you.’ Needless to say, the possum was evicted and has been set up in new, more spacious accommodation.”
Comments on their Facebook page included: “I hope you knocked before walking in, possums deserve privacy too,” “Haha that’s cute, he looks cozy,” and “aw that’s so adorable.”
Be sure you check out the video of the adorable little adventurer below!
Another commenter noted: “Its because the toilet paper is made out of the Australian hardwood trees he was supposed to call home.”
One person made a very good point, so be aware in a public restroom: “I think the next time the roll gets jammed I’m going to think twice about yanking it out. There might be a poor little possum living in the dispenser.”
While many others shared similar experiences, with one person writing: “We have 2 residents that live in our garage and go out at night. They are not afraid of us. They lay and sleep but also sit up and watch us during the day. Very friendly as I can hand feed them.”
This person commented: “I found a field mouse living in the toilet roll dispenser at the Tarragal Camp on the Great South West Walk. Quite annoyed with me, it was too.”
While this person: “Thank you for upgrading him with a 5 star accommodation. I hope within close proximity to his old home, so he can catch up with his family and mates.”
While some commenters wondered how he nestled himself into the tiny space, another joked: “He probably liked the free back massage every time someone pulled out paper and turned the roller.”
Another noted: “Would have thought this couldn’t Possumly be true…but photos don’t lie…so cute. We have two that have taken up residence in the top part of the letter box at our tennis club; would you have a pattern for a safe Possum Box, would you be able to advise?” Another commenter pointed them to a wildlife group for help with that.