Video and photos | Family finds ringtail possum in their Christmas tree

Possum magic: This ringtail possum tried to get to the presents first on Christmas morning.

Possum magic: This ringtail possum tried to get to the presents first on Christmas morning.

It was a lively start to a classic Aussie Christmas for one shire family.

On Christmas morning the Wood family woke to find that a furry visitor had made a surprise visit during the night and it wasn’t one of Santa’s reindeers.

The family woke to find a ringtail possum in their Christmas tree.

“We woke up with something knocking all our presents over and swinging the tree branches up and down,” Claire Wood said.

Branching out: He's in there somewhere.

Branching out: He's in there somewhere.

“We looked closer to find a ringtail possum sleeping inside the fake tree. It was so cute.

“ It was just rustling, knocking over presents and Christmas ornaments and woke up my dad.

“He didn’t know what it was.”

Ringtail possum found in shire family's Christms tree.

Eventually, the family found the possum sleeping in their Christmas tree.

“He slept there all day until WIRES came about 6pm at night.

“It’s a classic Aussie Christmas story.”

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