Friday 26 June 2020

Update 26th June 2020 - Introducing Howl

Yesterday Nikita appeared with one of her babies back-riding while the other remained in her pouch.

Nikita with Howl back-riding - 25th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

This baby has been named Howl, the other has been called Muse.

A few days prior to this one of her babies was heard making a chittering noise while in her pouch. This is the first time I've ever heard (or even heard of) a baby making noises while still in the pouch. Howl seems an appropriate name for a noisy little possum.

Howl back-riding on Nikita - 25th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

Howl is very brave for a tiny possum on its first encounter with humans.

Howl back-riding on Nikita  - 25th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

One of Nikita's previous babies, Rio, has been seen around. It now seems to be clear that Rio is female.

Rio - 9th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

Marcel's tail wound has now completely healed. He has picked up no more injuries and is looking very healthy.

Marcel - 7th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]
Marcel - 7th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

Rahmet shows no signs of being about to leave the area. Her pouch is starting to look like it has something in it. This is a little surprising because I saw no evidence of male possums in the area pursuing her, but I suppose possums get up to all sorts of things when the humans aren't watching.

Rahmet - 7th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

Although Rahmet is smaller than Marcel, she knows that she occupies a higher place in the possum hierarchy than he does. Here is a photo of her sending him off.

Rahmet (left) and Marcel (right) - 7th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

Sasha's pouch baby is now getting big. This is her 11th baby since she appeared in the area and she could easily have had two or more babies prior to this.

The baby has been partially emerging from the pouch when in the nest box. I will probably be issuing a Baby Possum Alert soon.

Sasha - 25th June 2020

Morse is visiting with the possums. She is very cheeky and tries to take food off the possums if it is not supplied quickly enough by the humans.

Morse - 8th June 2020 [Photo by Xesce]

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