When I told my boyfriend I was allergic to cats and dogs, he researched high and low for some kind of furry pet we could own together.

After a few weeks, he found the perfect solution — sugar gliders. They’re a kind of possum native to Australia that can glide through the air on membranes tucked between their front and back legs. They’re the cutest little fuzz balls you can fit in the palm of your hand.

That’s how Nausicaä and Laputa came into my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

They don’t need to eat much either — a pinch of sugar glider-formulated kibble in the morning will last them through the day, then another pinch of kibble and a few apple slices and they’re good for the night.

Sugar gliders are social animals, which is why breeders heavily recommend getting at least two at a time. When you adopt gliders when they’re still joeys, they will bond with you if you spend enough time with them. There’s nothing quite like having a little creature fall asleep inside the sleeve of your shirt to keep warm.

But I have to say, one of my favorite parts about the gliders is that, because they’re marsupials and used to being curled up in mommy’s pouch as babies, they love to cuddle. It melts my heart every time I see them asleep in their cage and wrapped around each other.

Although, getting to see people’s faces when I show them pictures of the gliders definitely doesn’t get old either.

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"There’s nothing quite like having a little creature fall asleep inside the sleeve of your shirt to keep warm."