Everyone Loves This Extremely Apologetic Possum Who Trashed Someone’s Office
"He really looks like he's having an existential crisis."
As Australia’s wild weather has continued to rage over the last four months, our wildlife have had a pretty tough run.
After all, it’s estimated that over one billion animals have already perished during the bushfire crisis currently facing the country. But while most of the stories coming out about animals have been pretty gloomy, a tiny, apologetic possum has managed to steal the internet’s heart.
On Monday morning, Bree Blakeman shared two photos of a little possum hiding behind her computer. The research fellow at Canberra’s Australian National University wrote: “Walked into my office and thought someone must have broken in because it looks trashed… and then I saw this little sweetie covering behind my computer.”
Walked into my office and thought someone must have broken in because it looks trashed… and then I saw this little sweetie covering behind my computer. ❣️ pic.twitter.com/B4tuj0kYpT
— Bree (@FF_notes) January 19, 2020
The photo of the remorseful-looking brushtail possum quickly went viral, so Bree continued to update those curious. In a series of tweets, Bree explained that the possum had entered her office from the ceiling and tried to exit the same way.
“It seemed resigned and of course a bit shy and scared. Going by the number of books that had fallen from the shelves I think it must have tried to climb up the shelves to get up through the ceiling again a number of times,” Bree told BuzzFeed News. “So I think it was a bit exhausted too.”
It’s crashed through the ceiling, poor ting! I gave them some water, closed the door again, and have called the relevant people on campus to help catch+relocate them.
— Bree (@FF_notes) January 19, 2020
After finding the scared possum, Bree quickly realised that her office hadn’t been ransacked. The adorable little brushtail cowering on her desk simply didn’t know how to leave the light-filled office.
Oh no, quite a bit off mess. pic.twitter.com/DXxwcCjYqm
— Bree (@FF_notes) January 20, 2020
As a nocturnal animal in a bright room, Bree quickly called wildlife relocation services to remove the possum from the foreign environment. But despite a box trap being set in the office, a day later the possum still didn’t leave his comfortable spot.
It was only on Wednesday that the possum decided enough was enough and exited the office the same way he entered. While three days away from her desk would likely normally pose an inconvenience to the research fellow, Australian National University was actually closed over this time. The wild weather conditions facing Canberra this week, including golf-sized hail balls, kept Bree’s office closed until Thursday, giving the possum ample time to find his own way out.
Final (happy) update: possum catcher checked my office again this morning & the possum wasn’t in the cage but it seems to have found it’s own way out of the room. After a bit of rest, some water and carrot it must have climbed back through the hole in the ceiling. 😌 🌿 👏🏼
— Bree (@FF_notes) January 22, 2020
As Bree patiently waited for the possum to leave her office, people couldn’t help but point out how remorseful the animal looked.
He really looks like he’s having an existential crisis.
— Barton Willage (@bartonwillage) January 20, 2020
— 🔈hoe season 🔈wabbit season (@1c3B3rgMama) January 20, 2020
@MichaelaOkla HE LOOKS SO SORRY FOR MAKING A MESS OMG
— sloane (sipihkopiyesis) (@cottoncandaddy) January 22, 2020
‘Please help, this is not the bush.’ pic.twitter.com/qFmVMXPiRo
— The Effing See (@MeatMechSuit) January 20, 2020
And, of course, everyone else just took the opportunity to meme the poor, scared baby as they waited for updates on his office shenanigans.
when you’ve missed the last bus & you’re waiting for your mum to collect you pic.twitter.com/NNYGgbzNmc
— 💀 Spikings 💀 (@HSpikings) January 20, 2020
When you’ve run out of toilet paper and call your mum to bring you some. pic.twitter.com/1oalfalnUI
— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) January 20, 2020
When you don’t feel like working… but still have to stay in the office for another hour pic.twitter.com/WawJlbsftt
— Mauro Betancourt (@MabyKaninchen) January 20, 2020
*record scratch* yep that’s me. you’re probably wondering how i ended up in this situation. pic.twitter.com/SnIxsObCZ4
— heidi heilig (@heidiheilig) January 21, 2020
Personally, I think we should be the ones apologising to the possum. It’s his office now.