$8 Kmart buy makes cute home for lonely possum

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

When a woman from Belgrave, Victoria, realised that a brushtail possum had moved into her garage for the winter, she decided that the only polite thing to do would be to make the cute critter feel at home.

“We used to see him sitting looking all sad on the garage shelves day after day,” Leisa, a part-time website studio administrator and retail manager, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The $8 Kmart buy made the perfect home for Pandy. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).
The $8 Kmart buy made the perfect home for Pandy. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).

Pandy, as he became known, needed somewhere cosy and comfy to hunker down during the chilly daytime, so Leisa and her family put their heads together.

“My elderly mum wanted us to build him a box so I thought we could do better than that for him,” she says.

In early June, animal-lover Leisa popped to Kmart to pick up a cat bed for just $8 but didn’t have high hopes that Pandy would take to it.

But after giving the fleecy ‘cave’ a good sniff, Pandy took to his new home like a duck to water; ‘He loves it!’ Leisa says.

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Pandy was cold and a bit sad when Leisa found him huddled up in her garage. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).
Pandy was cold and a bit sad when Leisa found him huddled up in her garage. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).

She set up one of her night vision CCTV cameras in the garage so that she could keep an eye on her adorable new tenant without bothering him too much.

Pandy is, of course, under no obligation to stay put and can move out whenever he wants.

“Although he sleeps in the cat bed during the day, he is free to come and go as he pleases. He usually takes off every night around 6.30pm and comes back around dawn.

“We feel like he’s not in someone’s roof causing any damage so it’s a positive for us and a positive for him.”

Pandy's antics are captured on Leisa's security camera. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).
Pandy's antics are captured on Leisa's security camera. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).
Pandy sniffing out his new cat bed from Kmart. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).
Pandy sniffing out his new cat bed from Kmart. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).

Leisa also created an Instagram and Facebook page to share the insanely cute videos of Pandy snoozing, snuggling and generally living the life of luxury with the world.

Over the past few months, Pandy’s antics — which include collapsing into his bed after a hard night spent filling his belly — have brought a lot of much-needed joy and laughter to his human fans.

“We love to share a bit of Pandy joy around especially with all the depressing news of late,” Leisa says.

For his part, Pandy seems to be very appreciative of his special new digs, with Leisa reporting that his bed is ‘completely spotless’ after almost four months of use.

Pandy comes and goes as he pleases, spending most nights out finding food. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).
Pandy comes and goes as he pleases, spending most nights out finding food. Photo: Instagram/pandycam_2020 (supplied).

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