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

Koru's mother Nikita has not been seen for several weeks. Nikita's father Koji and grandfather Wasabi would occasionally go away for weeks at a time, but this is unusual for Nikita.

Another young male ringtail of Koru's size is occasionally seen near the house. This is almost certainly one of Pebbles' babies. Pebbles herself and her other baby have not been seen in a while.

Miel still back-rides on Sasha most of the time when they visit the house.

Sasha with Miel back-riding - 12th Sept 2019

In the photo above it looks like he's getting a bit big for back-riding, but Sasha is an experienced mother and I'm sure she is a better judge of this than an ignorant human like me. Her previous baby, Zak, went missing at an early age so maybe she's taking particularly good care of her current one. Sasha is quite strong enough to leap from a handrail up into a tree with Miel on her back.

Sasha [left] and Miel [right] - 20th Sept 2019

Miel, with Sasha in the background - 20th Sept 2019

Miel - 14th Sept 2019

Miel - 9th Oct 2019

Bilbo is visiting regularly and seems to be in overall good health, although he has just managed to pick up some minor scratches to his face.

Bilbo - 9th Oct 2019

He has had a number of small wounds and twice has had ticks attach themselves to the area of the wound. For new readers, the ticks here are known as Paralysis Ticks and, as the name suggests, are unpleasant things. They are a serious danger to dogs and cats, but possums are immune to their toxins and they're only a problem if they get into somewhere like an eye where they can cause physical damage.

In the photos I've posted, you might notice that there is very little green foliage about. There has been a fairly severe drought here. Normally at this time of year the garden would be green and flourishing, but it is now dry and withered with many trees leafless. This is probably impacting on the possums. Normally they would be feasting on fresh buds in the Chinese Elm near the house, but now they disappear to the back of the garden, probably to eat much less tasty gum-leaves.

The drought is forecast to continue until late next year and water restrictions are being proposed for early next year.

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