> Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 10:50:24 +1200
> From: "Stella" <hecaba@...>
>Subject: Re: fur, was Re: Ebay help (Warning - kinda long!!)
> >I may be confused (happens frequently), but isn't NZ >possum a different
animal than US possum? I thought >someone once said they are not the same,
just are called >the same thing.
> THe possum wreaking havoc in NZ has a big black bushy tail. I believe
that this possum was introduced from australia, where they have several
> Dont quote me on this.
Yes the New Zealand Possum is actually our very own Australian Possum, from
your description I think it may be the brush tailed possum, one of the more
common varieties here (coz it's adapted well to living in the suburbs,
living in peoples roof and eating vegetable scraps) the other common type is
the ring tailed possum, which has also adapted to suburban living though it
is perhaps a little less comon than the brushtails. there are many other
varieties of Possum which haven't adapted to the new environment people have
created and many are in danger of extinction (not serious but still some
Possums were imported during the 19th or early 20th century. They were
believed to be
entirely vegetarian (as they are in Australia), until they went to New
Zealand and and began eating birds eggs.
You are entirely correct that the US Opossum and the Australian Possum
are entirely different, someone just decided they looked, or acted similar
and couldn't be bothered to come up with a new name. Kind of like the
Australian Magpie, the first English settlers were kind of homesick, so they
saw a black and white bird and called it a Magpie.
Here's another cause for your fur trade, how about Kangaroo fur, they have
become really overpopulated since white settlement, when farmers cleared
huge areas of land, creating perfect conditions for the Kangaroos, and they
bred like rabbits (oh yeah kill the rabbits too, thought the caleci (sp?)
virus has done a resonable job, let's just hope it's more successful than
mixemetosis). Kangaroos are better too coz you can get much more fur from
one animal than you can from a meazly little Possum.