To be blunt, yesterday morning was shit!
When looking out the window first thing, I could see there was a huge brush tail possum on the road, right out the front of our house (remember my post from a couple of days ago? 😔)
I went out to check the body and determine the sex, certain it was going to be a male due to it’s size (the possum I spoke about a couple of days ago sounded like a human walking on our roof - it was obviously big! 😔)
But it wasn’t. It was a female and she had pouch young. The bub was furless, its mouth still fused to the teat and its eyes still closed.
I brought the adult’s body inside and carefully removed the bub, wrapped it in a cotton washer and shoved it up my shirt to warm it’s ice cold body.
I managed to get in contact with a legendary Wildlife Carer who collected it in a matter of hours and worked her magic.
This is the photo update I received last night. This little girl is doing well so far but she may have received significant injuries from the impact of the car so it’s a waiting game and of course, she is now without a mum.
The big, beautiful mumma is now buried in our backyard, under the tree where (I pressume) her possum box sits - empty for now 😔
PLEASE NOTE: If you ever see native wildlife at the side of the road, please check the sex and (if female) the pouch if safe to do so. If there is pouch young, NEVER PULL BUB OFF THE TEAT AS THIS CAN DO PERMANENT DAMAGE TO ITS PALATE AND JAW. The best thing to do is keep the young in the pouch and KEEP THE BODY WARM on a heat source such as a hot water bottle (with hot water from the tap only) - do this by placing the pouch over the bottle.
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