In the realm of small animals competing for internet fame, a new contender has emerged: the Pizza Possum.
It all started with Pizza Rat, a subway-crawling New York City rodent chowing down on a slice of pizza too big. Then came Doughnut Raccoon, and soon after, Pizza Squirrel. Since then, it’s been a brave, new world — one with hamsters in Pizza Rat costumes and humans in sexy Pizza Rat costumes, not to mention a minor league baseball team that wants to call itself the Staten Island Pizza Rats.
Melanie Dinjaski, a journalist and producer at Fox Sports Australia, was at a friend’s birthday party when a pair of possums — the Australian variety, not to be confused with the not-nearly-as-adorable American opossum — decided to crash the festivities and grab a bite to eat.
"We basically just stood out of the way and watched it, and then it just hopped up onto the table, and made a move for a pizza slice," Dinjaski told The Huffington Post Australia. "We started moving the food away, but he didn't flinch the whole time, it just held onto that pizza slice."
How do you know you're in Australia? Having backyard drinks at a mate's place and a possum rocks up & steals some pizza. Proof... pic.twitter.com/JXVY0h61Kh— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) December 6, 2016
Naturally, given the magnitude of their discovery, selfies were snapped with their new pepperoni-loving friend.
What a night of possum magic. Happy birthday @KelvinNBarnes! pic.twitter.com/qeAtRlb75l— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) December 6, 2016
Here’s a video of the possum in all its pizza-eating glory:
Just a possum and his pizza #straya pic.twitter.com/63PEbJdCQv— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) December 6, 2016
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