Thursday, 12 January 2017

Update 12th Jan 2017

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

Sasha with baby back-riding - 12th Jan 2017

I suspect that Sasha's baby has been back-riding for a couple of weeks now. When Sasha has been using Box 7 recently, she usually exits the box with the baby hanging on underneath her tail. This is a logical, if undignified, alternative to trying to cling onto her back, and then getting knocked off when she squeezes through the entrance hole.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Update 25th Dec 2016

The brushtails are all present and healthy. The ringtails have been visiting less often, with only Ruby, Koji and Wasabi having been seen in the past few days.

Mischa - 13th Dec 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Mischa is doing well and seems to be evading attacks by the larger possums. His eye wound is now only barely visible.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Baby Possum Alert

Today, Sasha slept in Box 7 for the first time in over a month, and her latest baby briefly came out of the pouch.

Sasha with new baby in Box 7 - 15th Dec 2016

This is the first time the baby has been seen out of the pouch.

Sasha often seems to prefer Box 7 when she has babies (hopefully because it's a safer place for them to play), so with luck we'll see a lot more of the little one in coming weeks.

Currently the baby is barely furred and only occasionally emerging from the pouch for short periods - nowhere near the "being a real pest and jumping all over mother while she's trying to sleep" stage - but they grow up quickly, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Update 29th Nov 2016

With the exception of Toto, who I'm thinking has probably left the area, all of the possums are still around. Ruby's babies Keeta and Koji visit frequently. I don't think I have mentioned what genders these two were - it can be hard to tell when they're just a little ball of fur - but now it's clear that Keeta is female and Koji is male.

Keeta is much more assertive than her older sister Maple when approaching the humans for food.

Keeta - 15th Nov 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Update 6th Nov 2016

Mischa is growing up and has been sleeping on his own for some time now. He had the misfortune to pick Box 4 during a couple of hot days recently and had a fairly uncomfortable time (see the comments section of the last entry). Since then he seems to have found some cooler place to sleep.

Mischa - 14th Oct 2016

Mischa might still be at least somewhat under Sasha's protection because about a week ago he chased Farley (who is probably his father) away and also on one occasion Sasha declined to visit the feeding area when he was present - normally she would automatically chase off any other possums, even including ringtails, from this area.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Update 24th Sept 2016

All of the ringtails - Ruby, Koji, Keeta, Wasabi, Maple and possibly Clover - have been seen recently and are in good health. The brushtails are also doing alright, except for a painful problem for Mischa which is fortunately now resolved. I'll get to this later.

Ruby, Koji and Keeta (bottom to top) - 20th Sept 2016

The ringtails are seen together in different combinations. It is never clear who will be visiting at any given time. It does seem that Maple (and possibly Clover; sometimes they don't come close and it's difficult to tell them apart) is doing child-minding duty from time to time.

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.