Another couple of family members were enlisted to help remove said possum as it explored the kitchen. It was promptly dispatched with the aid of a broom. The possum has been named, Harry Possum. The family members are going by the collective "possum herders."
For Christmas this year, I found these little possum mama models for each of them. I took the picture...in the kitchen.
And for the record, the word is.....wet possums smell really bad!