Sugar gliders - a species of possum native to New Guinea and Australia - are becoming popular as domestic pets.
"With soft brown eyes, fluffy fur and their amusing acrobatics, they are seen as ideal pets."
Perhaps. But for £150 you are lumbered with a creature that needs to be let out at night to glide around (up to 200ft), craves attention (and is prone to depression should they not receive it) and makes a noise "similar to an electric blender".
Sounds pretty high maintenance
Online report in today's Daily Mail
(source for photos: Daily Mail, 12.09.08, page 3)