West Philly Opossum Returns for a Saint Patrick’s Day Photo Shoot

Gary the Trash Cat, a West Philadelphia domesticated opossum who loves being photographed, returns to the spotlight for a lucky photo shoot ahead of Saint Patrick's Day.

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The domesticated opossum wore his Saint Patrick's Day outfit for the shoot: a green bedazzled top hat, an orange beard wig and a classic "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" shirt in photos supplied to NBC10 by owner Katy DiSanto.
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Gary the Trashcat (he is actually an opossum, not a cat) was 3 months old when he did his 'Santa' shoot in December. The now 6-month-old opossum went through a growth spurt and has gained 2 pounds since then.
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Gary has also amassed a huge following on his Instagram account since Christmas -- going from 133 to 1,192 followers.
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DiSanto created an Instagram page for her furry friend when she noticed her personal account was overwhelmed with photos of him. He goes by @gary.the.trashcat.
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His sense of smell has become more powerful as well, DiSanto said.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Did you know jellybeans have a 'smell'? I didn't," she said. "Apparently Gary can smell them, because whenever I'm eating them he gets very excited and won't leave me alone until I share."
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DiSanto plans on dressing Gary up for an Easter photo shoot -- stay tuned!
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Gary is tame and dependent on humans. He has special paperwork from the Department of Fish and Wildlife that permits him to live with people.
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