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A little visitor in our backyard, a Brush-tailed Possum. This is in Newtown, NSW, Australia.

But for the full nightmarish story, see my blog post

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Born in London, grew up in Perth, Western Australia, now living in Sydney.
I have always loved photography but only started to take it as seriously as I now do around 2008.
Mostly, my pics are animals and urban scenes, but really I will make a photo of anything that I deem suitable; because, I love variety and making different images.

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  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 2 years ago

    What a great capture of this little fellow, have never seen one before,

  • Thank you, Malcolm.

    – Paul Todd

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 2 years ago

    OMG Paul! Before I read the full story I thought I was not sure if this creature was friendly or demonic! LOL! Kind of scared me…possums here are nasty and viscous little critters and will rip your throat out if they get the chance! They also carry Rabies! I am amazed you were not hurt worse than you were…and I am sure that tetanus shot is probably the worst part! This is a great picture, but will you please be more careful in the future!

  • And I thought bears would be scary! He probably didn’t mean to hurt me. He’s young and maybe thought that I’d be a good new mother. No rabies in Australia, thankfully. And these are herbivorous animals. I’ve always had good relations with them, but this little fellow took me by surprise. I’m sure he wondered what was happening as I tried to shake him off. Our possums are not normally aggressive. But it got me a nice photo, a good story, and yes, the tetanus shot feels like I’ve been punched in the arm by Bruce Lee :D

    – Paul Todd

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 2 years ago

    Great image, Paul! But ouch!!! Just read your blog post!! Hope you’re healing up nicely!!! :)))

  • Thanks, and I’m much better now :D

    – Paul Todd

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