Thursday, 25 January 2018

Update 25th Jan 2018 - Baby Animals Galore

I'll start with the first close-up photo of Sasha's latest baby, Tarzan.

Tarzan - 20th Jan 2018

I want to apologise on behalf of Sasha. At the start of December I announced a Baby Possum Alert with great fanfare - I even created a special graphic for it - urging people to tune in to see the cute antics of Sasha's latest baby. Anyone who actually did this would have faced the disappointing spectacle of empty possum boxes day after day.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Update 6th Jan 2018

Sasha's new baby, who is another boy, has been named Tarzan. He had just started back-riding early in the night. Here is the first photo of him. The photo is a bit grainy; Sasha was keeping the young one away from humans at this stage and was up the top of a tree out of the range of the flash and I had to brighten the photo a lot.

Sasha with Tarzan back-riding - 5th Jan 2018

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Baby Possum Alert

Sasha's latest baby has been seen out of the pouch, so it's time to give a Baby Possum Alert. This time I've created a graphic which I'll reuse for future baby possums (may there be many more) so that regulars can more easily skip the boilerplate explanation that I give every time.

The box cameras are at this link. Click on a box to get streaming video for that box.

The baby, who is as-yet unnamed, is still very small and won't won't be making a real pest of his/her self for a little while. Here is a video of the first time the little one fully left the pouch.

Sasha's sixth baby - 2nd Dec 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017

Update 24th Nov 2017

I'll start with a photo of Sasha. Sasha is in good health and has a noticeable baby in the pouch. It might not be long before we see the baby at least partially out of the pouch when Sasha is in the nestbox, especially if we get some hot weather.

Sasha - 16th Nov 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

Update 30th Oct 2017

Arrow is growing up. I suppose I say that pretty much every post about every young possum, but they go through the stages of growth so fast that it's difficult to avoid commenting on it.

Arrow - 7th Oct 2017

Until a few days ago, Arrow would sleep in Box 7 with Sasha pretty much every day, but they would go their own ways at night, with Sasha chasing off Arrow on sight. Now, however, they have taken to sleeping apart.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Update 22nd Sept 2017

Sasha and Arrow are happy and healthy and are to be found sleeping together in Box 7 most days.

Arrow - 15th Sept 2017 [Photo by Xesce]

Friday, 25 August 2017

Update 25th Aug 2017 - Raffi Comes for a Visit

Raffi, Sasha's previous baby who left home abruptly at an early age, made a brief visit recently.

Raffi - 15th Aug 2017

Raffi had not been seen for two months prior to this. The most dangerous time in a possum's life is (supposedly) when it leaves home for the first time, and Raffi left home earlier than most, so it is very encouraging that he has not only survived, but appears to be happy and healthy and with no visible injuries.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Update 7th Aug 2017 - Introducing Arrow

Sasha brought her new baby to the house for the first time tonight.

Arrow back-riding on Sasha - 7th Aug 2017

The baby had been named Arrow.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Update 15th July 2017 and a Baby Possum Alert

If you are new to this site, a Baby Possum Alert is when:
There is a brief period of time (maybe a few weeks) when a baby possum is not yet old enough to back-ride during the night, but is old enough to come out of the pouch during the day. This is the most interesting time to watch the box cameras, because the baby has been asleep in the pouch all night, and therefore is full of energy during the day and up to all sorts of mischief in the nestbox.

At most, you might get to see this a couple of times a year, so now is the time to watch.
Sasha's latest baby is now at this stage.

Sasha's baby climbing over her in Box 4 - 15th July 2017

You can see an overview of the box cameras at Possum TV Live; click any box to get streaming
video of that box.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Server was offline - sorry about that

My humble apologies to viewers.

The Possum TV webcam server has been off air since about 11 am on the 22nd of June and I've only just noticed. It should now be viewable again.

Without going into too much technical detail, the problem related to the external IP address of the server; I could still access the site from my local network (or I would have noticed the problem sooner), but it was inaccessible from the web. The underlying cause of the problem is currently under investigation. The cause was that a script which was meant to alert me when this happens failed to work. This was in turn due to Big Pond changing the way their mail server operates, probably in an attempt to reduce spam. I have modified the script to now work correctly and I'm looking at adding have added a backup notification method in case this sort of thing happens again.