Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Update 26th August 2015

Sasha's baby has been named Puck. Puck is a little boy possum.

Puck (left) and Sasha (right) - 19th Aug 2015

Puck back-riding (backwards) on Sasha - 19th Aug 2015

Puck has quickly taken to solid food and now enthusiastically tears morsels out of Sasha's mouth.

Puck tearing food out of Sasha's mouth - 20th Aug 2015

Both Tilda and Ruby have well-developed babies in their pouches, and occasional body parts are visible. Tilda and Ruby are ringtails, so probably have two babies each, although we haven't seen enough yet to be sure of this.

One of Tilda's babies puts its arm out of her pouch - 18th Aug 2015

It will be interesting if we have two female ringtails with back-riders this spring.

Kiki's baby has not yet been seen in person, but now has fur and energetically explores the nest box and leaps all over Kiki during the day time.

Kiki and baby in Box 7 - 26th Aug 2015

Toto has been very nervous and stressed. She is the youngest of the three female brushtails in the area and is having to cope with her first baby. She recently had an exudative dermatitis infection, which was successfully treated.

It seems that she is the one sleeping in the ceiling, and this might be adding to her stress. This isn't an ideal sleeping place and in the past, pythons have been seen going into this area. With recent warm weather, it's possible that pythons are up and about.

Toto - 25th Aug 2015

Farley has been visiting regularly and still harasses other possums. He will normally bite at any ringtails which get in his way. Ruby - the largest of the ringtails, although still considerably smaller than Farley - in particular doesn't appreciate this and has been seen swiping at him and on one occasion appeared to be attempting to bite his tail.

Farley in a typical grabbing pose - 25th Aug 2015

Wasabi is still around and fur is growing back over his tail wound.

Comet may have finally left the area. He hasn't been seen for about a week and was only seen two or three time in the previous couple of weeks. He had hung around in the area an unusually long time - 12 months, whereas Kiki's other male babies rarely stayed for more than six months or so.

When last seen, Comet was looking strong, healthy and confident and has a good chance of finding a new home.

There was also been another unknown male brushtail seen a couple of times. This could be the male seen mating with Kiki on the 27th of March this year, but it's difficult to tell as he has only been seen briefly.

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