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10 of Australia's cutest animals

By: Sidney Stevens on Feb. 8, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Leadbeater's Possum

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Leadbeater's Possum

The elusive Leadbeater's (or fairy) possum is not only adorably cute for its giant eyes and petite, pointy snout but also its diminutive size. These tiniest of marsupials (a.k.a., "forest fairies") will fit in the palm of a human hand.

Profoundly shy and supersonically swift, fairy possums dwell high in the hollows of giant mountain ash trees that grow in Australia’s Central Highlands. Unfortunately, this also puts them at profound risk for extinction as their majestic old-growth forest homes are increasingly decimated for lumber.