The BRUSHTAIL (Trichosurus Vulpecula) is a native of Australia where it is protected in all states except Tasmania. It was introduced into New Zealand in the1860's to establish the fur industry. Unfortunately, New Zealand has no predatory animals and the number of Brushtails grew out of control. Early last century, the Brushtail was declared an agricultural pest in New Zealand. The estimated 60-70 million Brushtails in New Zealand consumed an estimated 21-25 tonnes of native forest per night. Brushtails in New Zealand kill native birds and eat birds' eggs and so are a targeted species for control. In 1999, Addiction's Founder, who is a Holistic Veterinarian and Clinical Nutritionist discovered that the New Zealand Brushtail was an ideal high quality protein rich in Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. He believed that the Brushtail could be used as the main protein source for an ultra-premium quality pet food formula especially suited for pets with allergies to common protein sources like chicken, beef and lamb. After extensive testing and research, he developed the world's first New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables Entrée pet food formula. This one-of-a-kind pet food has since amassed a cult following amongst discerning pet owners who recognize the following benefits of the Brushtail:
New Zealand Brushtail and the American PossumDespite the likeness in names, the New Zealand Brushtail should not be confused with the North American Opossum (Didelphis Virginiana), which belongs to a different marsupial family, from a very different part of the world. Only the Brushtail is used in Addiction's New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables Entrée, so you can be sure of premium quality New Zealand Brushtail in every can.