A rescued baby Brushtail Possum displaying a rare "golden" mutation that makes her look like Pikachu has become the unofficial mascot of an Australian veterinary clinic.

Rescued Baby Golden Possum Looks Shockingly Like Pikachu

The Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a large marsupial mammal native to northern and eastern Australia. Depending on the sub-species, their fur ranges from silvery-gray to darker brown and black.

Some Brushtail Possums, however, exhibit a rare genetic mutation that inhibits production of the dark pigment melanin, leaving their fur a rich golden hue. Combined with their naturally long and pointy ears, these mutant possums immediately recall that most beloved of all Pokemon characters, Pikachu!   

Rescued Baby Golden Possum Looks Shockingly Like Pikachu

A very young mutated Brushtail Possum found recently on a roadside in Australia's southeastern state of Victoria was brought to the Boronia Veterinary Clinic And Animal Hospital by a good samaritan. “They are so rare in the wild, as although their bright colour makes them look special to us, they also stand out to predators!,” stated Dr. Stephen Reinisch, a vet at the Boronia Clinic, in a Facebook post.

“Luckily for this baby brushtail, she's gone to carers to be raised and then will end up in a wildlife sanctuary so she can live a long happy life,” he added. The cute critter seems to have made a lasting impression on clinic staff, as her photo now appears as their Facebook account's avatar. Real-live Pikachu, they chose you!

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