This is a wee possum who lives in our woolshed. In Australia they're protected, in New Zealand they are a huge pest and people kill them. They do massive amounts of damage to the native plant life and in turn the birds and animals, so I understand this.
Click here to read about the Damage possums do
I, however, have never killed an animal and I'm not going to start now. There is building work going on in the woolshed and chances are he may move out of his own accord, but if he stays, he stays. ( I assume he's a he as we have seen him for years and there's never been a baby.)
We give him shelter and leave him be and in return he doesn't eat our fruit or damage any of our trees. He never has.
I know a lot of Kiwis will think this is irresponsible and we should trap and dispose of him.
If I could wrap him up and send him to Oz I would! But as it is I think all the natives we've planted and looked after will in some way compensate for any damage he might have caused.
So he stays... if he wants to, but I think he will decide to leave as it's very noisy in there just now!