“Ugly.” “Gross.” “What the hell is that?” These are the first things people tend to say when they meet Possum, an unusual-looking cat with gray fur, bald patches and a rat-like tail. Either that, or they ask if Possum has mange, or if she’s a burn victim.
But to Stephanie, Possum is perfect. She was one of several kittens born in Stephanie’s co-worker’s backyard in central North Carolina. The mother cat was feral, and Stephanie’s co-worker did her best to care for her and the newborns. All of the kittens were “normal” looking, just like their mother — shorthair domestic cats with white and calico fur. Possum, on the other hand, was gray and almost entirely bald when she was born. She was also the runt of the litter.