Tuesday, 4 April 2023

Update 4th April 2023

Lorien is now back-riding.

Lorien back-riding on Sasha - 25th Mar 2023

Sunday, 26 February 2023

Update 25th February 2023 - Introducing Sun, Lorien, Guran and Elton

Wink's baby has now been back-riding for a little while and has been named Sun.

Sun back-riding on Wink - 14th Feb 2023

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Baby Possum Alert

Wink's latest baby (her 4th) has been venturing out of her pouch in the nestbox. So now is the time for a Baby Possum Alert.

Wink and her baby can normally be seen in Box 2. It is somewhat unusual for mother possums with large pouch young to use this box because it was originally designed for ringtails and has a smaller entrance hole, making a tight squeeze for a mother with a full pouch. It is possible she might move to Box 7, which is in her territory and has in the past often been the preferred box for raising babies in.

The baby looks like he might be a boy and is so far acting like a normal baby possum - amongst other things, biting his mother's toes and ears, pulling her whiskers and climbing on her head. Here is a shot of him grabbing her by the nose.

Wink and baby in Box 2 - 25th Jan 2023

Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Update 21st December 2022

For several days now, two of the three young males, Aeon and Rae, have not been visiting. They are still a bit young to go off on their own to seek new territories, however in both cases their mothers' territories are mostly outside the area of the house, so maybe they don't feel safe intruding into an area which isn't their own and which is filled with other increasingly hostile possums.

Aeon - 16th Nov 2022

Rae - 8th Nov 2022

Thursday, 20 October 2022

Update 20th October 2022

Other than some disruption caused by a carpet python, there have been no major upsets in the possum community since my last blog entry. All of the babies are doing well.

Grasshopper (Wink's baby) - 5th Sept 2022

 Rae (Blossom's baby) - 11th Sept 2022

Aeon (Sasha's baby) - 10th Oct 2022

Friday, 19 August 2022

Introducing Aeon, Grasshopper, Rae and Kulan

Within the space of a few days, all three of the females in the area arrived with back-riding babies.

Sasha was the first to arrive with her baby Aeon.

Aeon back-riding on Sasha - 17th Aug 2022

Next was Wink, who arrived with her baby Grasshopper.

Grasshopper back-riding on Wink - 14th Aug 2022

Soon after was Blossom with her baby Rae.

Rae back-riding on Blossom - 18th Aug 2022

Also, a new male possum, Kulan has made himself known. He has probably been around for a while but has only recently become friendly with the humans.

Kulan - 11th Aug 2022

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Baby Possum Alert

Despite the cold weather, Sasha's latest baby (her 15th) has been venturing out of her pouch in the nestbox. So now is the time for a Baby Possum Alert.

Sasha and her baby can be seen in one of the three boxes in the back yard - Boxes 1, 3 and 5.

Friday, 24 June 2022

Update 24th June 2022

Although it has been a while since the last entry, relatively little has changed in the possum world. Hapi is growing up. This is what he looked like in April.

Hapi - 27th April

Monday, 18 April 2022

Update 18th April 2022 - An anniversary and some sad news

This blog has now been up for ten years, but the anniversary sort of snuck up on me and I haven't prepared any sort of special post to mark the event. And also there has been some very sad news which has put a damper on things: Darcel was found dead. He was found next to a power pole and appears to have been electrocuted.

Darcel - 20th Mar 2022

Friday, 4 March 2022

Update 4th March 2022 - Introducing Hapi

Wink's new baby is now back-riding and has been named Hapi.

Wink with Hapi back-riding - 28th Feb 2022