Saturday 20 August 2016

Update 20th Aug 2016

Ruby's babies have been named Koji and Keeta.

Ruby (front), Koji (middle) and Keeta (back) - 10th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Koji is the more bold one who normally sits in front when back-riding. They can be told apart by the length of the white tip on their tails; Koji's is about 1/3 of the length of the tail whereas Keeta's is barely 1/4.

One day when Ruby was visiting with the babies back-riding, she was attacked by Sasha, who lunged at her and knocked Keeta off her back. Keeta was sent flying but managed to grab onto branches and avoided getting knocked out of the tree. After being further menaced by Sasha, Keeta made his/her way quite calmly off into some presumably safe location in the trees.

Later, the ringtails were back together with no-one the worse for wear.

Koji - 16th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Although they look like tiny helpless balls of fluff, these baby ringtails are quite resilient and capable of getting around on their own.

Koji - 16th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

After an absence of several weeks, Wasabi has recently appeared and Maple and I think also Clover (Ruby's two previous babies) have been seen around. All of these ringtails have been appearing in different combinations; Maple and Clover, Ruby and Maple, and possibly also Maple and Koji.

With the sighting of Maple and Koji, this would be the first time we've witnessed a ringtail taking care of a younger sibling.

Maple (left) and Ruby (right)- 14th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Sasha's baby is now well and truly out of the pouch and is back-riding every night. He has been named Mischa. Mischa seems unperturbed by humans, however Sasha has been keeping him away from the camera and only a few photos of them exist.

Sasha (left) and Mischa (right) - 6th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Sasha with Mischa back-riding - 9th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

Toto is still around and continues to escape injury. Farley, however, has been less lucky.

Farley: You should have seen the other possum! - 6th Aug 2016 [Photo by Xesce]

He managed to get nasty bites to the neck and bites and/or scratches to the face. Also, he was limping heavily on the front left leg. Fortunately, the wounds healed on their own and his limp got better.


  1. Your baby ringtails have grown since last photo...they are so adorable.
    Our possums are all with babies too.
    Lea :)

    1. Yes :) Baby ringtails have a special type of cuteness all of their own.