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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.