Monday 25 November 2013

Update 25th Nov 2013

Amiri is now completely independent of Kiki and is in the process of being chased off by her. Here's a photo of him in the house, looking nervous.

Amiri - 24th Nov 2013

Saturday 16 November 2013

Poked in the Eye

Please be warned that there are some unpleasant pictures in this blog post.

Recently a one-eyed butcher bird has been visiting and this has prompted me to write a little bit about eye injuries in possums. When I first started this blog, I had initially planned to periodically do specials on possum-related subjects, and it's been over a year since my last special (Toe-biting Possums) so it's probably about time for one now.

But first the butcher bird:

A couple of weeks ago, when I was fixing up the cladding under the eaves (I had to break it when Baxter was trapped inside), a butcher bird landed next to me on the balcony rail and started looking at me expectantly for food. It acted just like a normal butcher bird but I noticed something strange about its left eye; namely that it didn't seem to have one.

Here is the good eye.

One-eyed Butcher Bird - Good Eye - 29th Oct 2013