People booking flights to Sydney may want to visit the city’s Wildlife World to visit its newest inhabitant.

Sydney Wildlife World has announced that its pair of rare golden brushtail possums have given birth to their first joey.

The baby, named Foster by staff at the park, was born about six months ago but has only recently ventured outside of his mother’s pouch.

Possums are marsupials, like kangaroos. When they give birth the babies are tiny and will spend approximately the first four months of their lives developing inside their mum’s pouch.

Golden brushtail possums have a gold-coloured coat, are nocturnal and are Australia’s largest tree-dwelling marsupial herbivores.

The breeding pair only arrived at the centre earlier this year and staff are pleased to see that they have settled in so well.

Kate Blount, nocturnal keeper at Sydney Wildlife World, said: “Foster is a real card, already getting up to mischief and exploring the exhibit as fast as his little legs will carry him.”

Australia is the only continent in the world where more of its native mammals are nocturnal than those that are active during the day.

Written by Ruth Norris

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