Everyone can agree that “surprise” and “public restroom” are words you don’t usually want to hear in the same sentence. Whether it’s a stinky mess that someone left behind or—gasp!—discovering that you have no choice but to use single-ply toilet paper, it’s a well-known fact that, when it comes to the lavatory, you want your experience to be as pleasant as possible.
Surely, anyone who uses the rest area at Yarra Bend Park in Melbourne, Australia, expects the same thing. There was one day, however, when a custodian at the park discovered something that nearly made him soil his britches…
Every day holds something new and exciting for the team at Parks Victoria Yarra Bend Park in beautiful Australia. The dedicated park rangers take pride in the work they do, and they’re fully committed to keeping the wildlife and vegetation safe.
Thousands of people visit the park every year, and they rely on the rangers’ expertise to give them the best experience possible. There’s no telling what sort of animals people will see when they visit, and that’s exactly what keeps them coming back.
The rangers themselves have a lot on their shoulders. First and foremost, they routinely give tours to the public to help people better understand the importance of preserving nature.
Not only does the staff help protect the animals and vegetation, but they actually do their part to help spread the growth of certain species of animals and plants, too. When species’ numbers are dwindling, the park’s team takes extra care to help regrow the population…
The park rangers also undergo intense fire prevention training. Forest fires can wreak havoc on thousands of acres of land in a very short period of time, and the rangers need to know exactly how to contain them if they break out.
So it’s safe to say that no job is too big or too small for these dedicated park employees. Some days are more dangerous than others, but each ranger faces his or her job with both enthusiasm and precaution…
When a region like this one is so full of incredible wildlife, you’re bound to run into surprises of all different sorts. Some of them are amazing, and others can be a little startling, to say the least…
So that’s why it was so shocking when the park’s custodian brought something to the rangers’ attention one day! While cleaning one of the rest areas, he noticed one of the toilet paper holders looked like it was moving. He slowly opened it up and was greeted by quite a startling surprise…
It was an adorable little possum who had made himself a nest in between two rolls of toilet paper! The worker was stunned at first, but then he quickly warmed up to the little guy, realizing he had to get him to safety. He didn’t mean any harm—just look at that face!
Park employees were quick to build a small shelter for the possum, and they promptly moved him into his new home in the park’s trees. As far as they were concerned, he was just as important as every other animal in the park, and they wanted him to feel welcomed in his new home!
He nestled into his home immediately, and the park employees were grateful to have the new addition! They posted a picture on Facebook letting all their followers in on the news. You can even see the little guy’s bushy tail hanging out of his new nest. It was yet another job well done by the dedicated staff at Parks Victoria!
If the possum in this story looked a little bit different from the possums you’re used to, that’s because it was an Australian species of possum—and not the American one. Though they share a similar name, these animals are actually very different!
There are more than 23 varieties of possum living in Australia. The one at Parks Victoria was the second-largest, and the most common: the brushtail possum. He more closely resembled a squirrel than a possum, actually.
The brushtail possum typically has a pointed face and pink nose, with long oval ears and bushy black tail. In Tasmania, there are three color variations: silver-gray, black, and gold. Possums who live in denser, wetter forests tend to be darker in color.
Australian possums are known for their hearty diet of plant life. They are not affected by most toxins found in the local foliage, giving them much more of a varied diet than other creatures who thrive on the area’s vegetation.
While they will eat almost any plant that they come across, they are the most partial to a diet made up of new shoots and leaves. They are particularly fond of fruits and veggies and can destroy an entire garden with their feasting!
The pygmy possum is the smallest variety of possum living in Australia. He might look like a mouse, but he actually has more in common genetically with the American possum than anything else!
Possums can be found all over Australia looking for places to make their homes. They have even been known to creep inside of roofs to build a better insulated nest. The possum who found that toilet paper in the Australian park must have thought that he hit the jackpot!
It’s so wonderful that the park staff could help that little guy find a better home! One thing’s for sure: these little burrowers will do anything to stay nice and cozy.
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