Possum 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 the 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.