Rare Golden Possum Saved By Rescue Group and Named After POKEMON Mascot, Pikachu

Rare Golden Possum Saved By Rescue Group and Named After POKEMON Mascot, Pikachu

Yes, you read that right! Less than a month after Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! was released what would seem like a real like Pikachu has decided to show the world it's face and join the living!

The rescued five month old marsupial bears golden fur due to the amount of melanin it produces, which is unnatural due to it's mutation. This is what causes it to look like the popular electric mouse mascot of Pokemon, and has thus been named Pikachu because of this.

Now, no one should jump to conclusions thinking they have the opportunity of obtaining one for themselves, as this is the only one that has been located in in Australia because they aren't found in the wild. Sure, it might be a dream come true for many people to find a Pikachu in real life, this genetic mutation is actually quite unfortunate and dangerous for the poor orphaned creature.

"One of the issues with unusual colors, particularly if they are pale, is that this is a nocturnal animal and if they are pale they are obvious to predators like an owl." - Kath Handasyde, Melbourne University Scholar

It makes perfect sense that the the light colored possums would be the first to get attacked in the wild. Shiny Pokemon work different in real life. The good news is, you can always catch a Pikachu in Niantic's mobile game, Pokemon Go!




Get ready for an all new Pokemon experience! Pokemon Go opens a universe of Pokemon to find, catch, trade, and battle on your iPhone or Android device. With Pokemon Go you'll discover Pokemon in a whole new world - your own. Download free on mobile now either through Android or iTunes!
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