Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Brushtail-athonic

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The other night we found a gorgeous little baby Brushtail possum, which are native to Australia.  Although this particular species is not endangered, all of these beasts are territorial and due to loss of habitat have a hard time.

They are known to love nesting in roofs, love to dig up some bulbs, eat your fruit and, run all over your roof at night, and if tamed enough, will go through your garbage and wander into your home at night for any good ripened fruit.

Between the parrots that take a yummy nip out of every fruit.  Between the possums and parrots, we're often lucky to get a single apple off the tree.

Ultimately, some people trap them and move them away.  Being territorial, they often try to find their way back with disastrous results.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, we called WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue & Education Service). The little beast slept in the duvet envelope with the duvet.  He was freezing cold when we found him, so I warmed him up down my top/shirt then left him to the duvet.

WIRES are staffed by local helpers who are volunteers, and kindly picked him up in the morning. Apparently he'll be in good company, the WIRES lady mentioned she had three more little ones at home! He will be reared under their tender care until able to be released into the wild.  At this stage, he is 100 - 120 days old.

WIRES BRUSHTAIL FACT SHEET




ORPHANED BRUSHTAIL BELOW