Friday, 14 February 2020

Update 14th Feb 2020 - Possum Valentines

Nikita is back!

Nikita was last seen around the end of August of last year. When she stopped visiting, I had thought that she had either left the territory to her daughter Koru or had suffered some mishap. It's really great to see her again. It looks like she's taking after her grandfather Wasabi who would often go away for long periods of time.

She brought her date with her. I think he is Omar, although it's difficult to be certain with possums who mostly keep away from the house.

Nikita (right) and a nervous Omar (left) - 11th Feb 2020

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Update 18th Jan 2020 - Introducing Rahmet

Sasha's new baby has been named Rahmet. He is now back-riding. Here he is on top of Box 7 where Sasha and he slept earlier in the day. In hot/sticky weather they often sleep on top of the box rather than inside.

Rahmet (top) and Sasha (right) - 17th Jan 2020

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

A Baby Possum for Christmas

Some time ago, Sasha's latest baby (her tenth) started venturing out of the pouch during the day while she sleeps. However, only today has Sasha decided to sleep in Box 7 where the little one can be seen on the cameras. So now is time for a Baby Possum Alert. Hopefully she will continue to use this box.

Here is a photo of the baby hiding behind Sasha when she slept in the Possum Apartments a few days ago.

Sasha and 10th Baby - 22nd Dec 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Update 21st Nov 2019

Miel has long ago stopped back-riding and no longer shares a nestbox with Sasha.

Miel - 19th Oct 2019 [photo by Xesce]

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Update 9th Oct 2019

Koru continues to visit on her own. She is very brave for such a tiny little possum. The photo probably makes her look bigger than she is; she could be held in a cupped pair of hands (although if you attempted to do this you'd probably get scratched and bitten).

Koru - 5th Oct 2019

Friday, 6 September 2019

Update 6th Sept 2019

There have been no big changes in the possum world since last time I posted - or at least nothing visible to the ignorant humans who probably miss most of what is going on. Nikita, Koru, Sasha, Miel and Bilbo have all been visiting regularly.

Miel - 18th Aug 2019 [Photo by Xesce]

Miel is still back-riding on Sasha most of the time. He visited once on his own (pictured above) and rather than make a distress call like babies often do when on their own, he instead hissed to show that even though Sasha wasn't around to protect him, he was still a big fierce possum and not to be messed with.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Update 14th Aug 2019 - Introducing Miel

Sasha's new baby in now back-riding full time. He (I am pretty sure he is a little boy possum) has been named Miel.

Sasha with Miel back-riding - 4th August 2019

Miel (French for honey) is honey coloured and looks like a sweet little possum.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Introducing Koru

Nikita's new baby has been named Koru. Koru looks like a little girl possum. Koru is the Maori word for the spiral shape of an unfurling fern frond and was chosen because when first seen she had her tail curled in a similar shape (even more tightly curled than in the photo below).

Koru back-riding on Nikita - 7th July 2019

Friday, 5 July 2019

Update 5th July 2019 - Baby Possums!

Sasha's baby (her 9th) has just started coming out of her pouch in the nestbox, so now is the time for a Baby Possum Alert.

As a bonus, Nikita has also brought one of her new babies to the house for the first time.

Nikita with back-riding baby - 2nd July 2019 [Photo by Xesce]

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Update 25th May 2019

Things are fairly stable at the moment, at least as far as the known possums are concerned.

Sasha - 12th May 2019 [Photo by Xesce]