A Temuka woman is desperate for information after her pet possum disappeared from her cage.
Nikita Taylor posted a public appeal on social media asking for help to find her pet, which helps her as a therapy pet.
"This is POH. She is a 10-12 month old female possum. She was booked in to be desexed and in the process of sorting paperwork as a registered pet," Ms Taylor wrote.
"Sometime between 10pm on January 1st and 2pm on January 2nd, someone entered our property on Hally Terrace and forced Poh's cage open and for reasons unknown either took her or set her loose."
While possums are considered pests in New Zealand, it is not illegal to own one. Ms Taylor raised the young possum by hand after her mother was killed.
Ms Taylor suffers from depression and says the possum helps her deal with her mental health. She says Poh was shy and wouldn't have gone wandering.
There are now fears for Poh's safety - especially as it's not the first possum in the neighbourhood to disappear in suspicious circumstances.
"Turns out there was another pet possum just a street over, went missing a month ago. Apparently someone on a certain street did something to him," Ms Taylor says.
"I love Poh very much and I am desperate for any information on her disappearance.
"If you have Poh please bring her back to her family."