Saturday, 20 August 2016

Update 20th Aug 2016

Ruby's babies have been named Koji and Keeta.

Ruby (front), Koji (middle) and Keeta (back) - 10th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Koji is the more bold one who normally sits in front when back-riding. They can be told apart by the length of the white tip on their tails; Koji's is about 1/3 of the length of the tail whereas Keeta's is barely 1/4.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Baby Ringtail Surprise

There was an unexpected surprise tonight; Ruby visited with two cute little babies on her back.

Ruby with back-riding babies - 28th July 2016

On previous visits her pouch was looking very large, but I never guessed her babies were this well developed and didn't expect to see them this soon.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Update 19th July 2016

Sasha, Farley, Wasabi and Ruby have been visiting fairly regularly. Maple has been seen a couple of times, and Toto has also visited a few times recently. Flynn hasn't been seen for a considerable time and has probably left the area. It's a very dangerous time for young possums when they leave to find their own homes and I wish him all the best.

Farley - 16th July 2016

Farley has been picking up a few pluckings and scratches, which is normal for him. Luckily there hasn't been any sign of infection.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Baby Possum Alert

Time for a Baby Possum Alert.

Sasha's latest baby looking out of Box 7 -  14th July 2016

If you are new to this site, a Baby Possum Alert is when (to quote a previous post):
There is a brief period of time (maybe a couple of 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.
The possum boxes may be viewed at http://possum.tv/box_overview.html; click on the box you are interested in to get streaming video of that box. The baby is more likely to be active in the afternoon when it's warmer.

Sasha's baby is still very young - only just getting fur - and not yet capable of the full range of naughtiness of a baby brushtail, but is still leaving the pouch every day to climb over Sasha and explore the box. If Sasha keeps using the boxes (she is normally in either box 4 or 7) and doesn't decide to sleep in the garage door instead, we should be seeing the little one playing up for longer than the two weeks I mentioned above.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Koala habitat destruction near Possum TV

I would not normally post something like this on this blog, but it is somewhat possum-related and I think that people who care about wildlife should know about the sort of thing that goes on here in Queensland.

Recently, on a nearby building site, a developer has cleared a group of gum trees - some about 100 years old - apparently [I have to use this word because of the legal situation] in violation of a court order.

Land Clearing - 9th June 2016

This event was featured (very briefly as part of another story) on the Channel 9 news.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Update 13th June 2016

All of the usual brushtails - Sasha, Farley, Toto and Flynn - are still visiting. As far as the ringtails go, Ruby is still visiting, Maple is often seen with her and Wasabi has started visiting again. On one occasion Maple may have visited with Wasabi.

Maple - 1st June 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Maple is a very active little ringtail, leaping around the trees like a little Ninja.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Update 7th May 2016

There have been no major changes here for a while; Sasha, Farley, Toto and Flynn are still around. Ruby has been seen a few times and once brought Maple to the house. On another occasion, Maple and Clover visited together. Maple is a little girl possum.

Maple - 13th April 2016 [Photo by Xesce]


Clover is more shy than Maple and was difficult to photograph. Clover has a dark spot on the white tip of his/her tail which resembles a ringtail named Rosebud who was Wasabi's older brother and therefore would be Maple and Clover's uncle.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Update 31st March 2016

Sasha and Farley are visiting every night, with Toto and Flynn showing their faces every now and then. Ruby and Wasabi have also been seen but are mostly staying away, hopefully looking after Maple and Clover.

Flynn - 22nd Mar 2016

Although Flynn is still small and still shares a sleeping spot with Sasha, Sasha is getting less tolerant of him and chases him away from the house when she sees him.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Update 28th Feb 2016

Recently, Wasabi and Ruby brought their babies (who have been named Maple and Clover) to the house.

Wasabi (left), Ruby (right) and Maple (back-riding) - 17th Feb 2016 [photo by Xesce]

Maple rode on Ruby's back, but Clover stayed in a nearby tree, making faces at the other possums.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Update 10th Feb 2016 - Introducing Flynn

Sasha's baby has been named Flynn.

Flynn - 9th Feb 2016

Flynn is now at the stage where he is starting to take food from hand.