This possum the size of a human thumb is helping to pollinate flowers
July 21, 2023 6:29 PM   Subscribe

This possum the size of a human thumb is helping to pollinate flowers. The western pygmy possum is notoriously difficult to find in the wild, but researchers have found traces of it in Western Australia's Goldfields using a technique they believe could help tackle biodiversity decline.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries (6 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Thank you tiny adorable pollinator squeeeee
posted by supermedusa at 6:31 PM on July 21, 2023 [3 favorites]

An inspiring example of how anyone can be a pollinator if they’re not a coward.
posted by sgranade at 7:46 PM on July 21, 2023 [4 favorites]

That possum should get some friends to help.
posted by MonsieurPEB at 7:54 PM on July 21, 2023 [1 favorite]

This is super , thanks for posting ccbc.
posted by unearthed at 8:58 PM on July 21, 2023

Itsy bitsy eenser beenser.
posted by y2karl at 3:07 AM on July 22, 2023 [1 favorite]

I just attended a little talk about animals, and our north American opossum was discussed. They're great, they eat ticks, they make scary faces, & when they involuntarily "play dead" they poop and pee themselves and exude a third foul-smelling substance.
Someone asked if there were other possums in the world, and our presenter kinda paused and said "...yeeeeessss...". When she told us the Australian opossum was very different from ours, there was a strange tone in her voice. Warning, maybe a little regret?
I see now.
Australian opossums are wicked cute.

I will comfort myself by learning about environmental DNA, which is very neat
posted by Baethan at 3:33 AM on July 22, 2023 [3 favorites]

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