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Awesome Possum

posted on July 13, 2001

"They might make good meat, mate..."

The opossum, New Zealand's number one pest is going to the dogs... literally.

Possums were imported from Australia in 1837, to establish a fur trade. But now, with their population topping 70 million, or 20 times the number of people in New Zealand, the tree-climbing marsupials are devouring an estimated seven million tons of vegetation annually.

A new canned pet food made from possum meat is being sold in New Zealand and manufacturers hope to export the product to lucrative markets in Singapore and Korea.

And efforts are underway to sell possum meat to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia where it would be marketed for human consumption as "Kiwi Bear."

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