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Sophie and Joey Brushtail


Mez

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Introducing my two favourite night-time visitors, Sophie and Joey. Sophie's been visiting since 2008 and had Joey around Christmas 2012. Since then, Joey has had three young of her own. These two in particular, stayed on to be regular visitors, even (and I know some of you will apposed) they will come to their names. 

About 5 months ago, the house next door was pulled down and Joey lost her den (Sophie was happy to hang out in the shed) So as soon as we knew when the house was going, Doug and I made up four boxes for the garden, which are happily being used. 

Anyway, here are some photos back from when Joey was young. Enjoy

Mez

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When my brother was at uni and living on campus they only had to turn on their outside light and the possums would come running for their feed. I think they are rather cute and as long as they are not living in your roof can't understand how so many people dislike them.

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Cool.  I'm all for native animals as pets instead of cats & dogs - with the exception of Maggie of course. :grin:

Maggie is awesome with the possums. She just sits there watching them from the doorway. Accepting that at night, her place is inside and theirs is out (although, Sophie has snook in twice, when the screen door was just closed and not latched, she used her nose to open it. I walk into the lounge room, Maggie's on the sofa watching as though it was normal whilst Sophie sniffed around the lounge room floor.) Cheeky little thing. I rather she stayed outside though, not being toilet trained and all - but she was courteous enough not to have left a mess :)

When my brother was at uni and living on campus they only had to turn on their outside light and the possums would come running for their feed. I think they are rather cute and as long as they are not living in your roof can't understand how so many people dislike them.

So many people Kathleen, do not understand that the Australia Brush tail and Ringtail Possums are protected and unfortunately do not follow the law when it comes to re-locating them. We lost a ringy a few months back because of a cat (which in our shire, should be contained at night) attacked it, but didn't kill it. I did my best to nurse it but its the shock that gets them throughout the night. It was a female too, fortunately without a pouch full but still sad. 

I understand that its the life cycle, but domesticated cats do so much more damage than that of the feral fox. 

As of roof dwelling possums, just a small matter of readjustment and hole blocking will deter them elsewhere.I accept other people's opinions and if any one would like information on removal of any possum, please contact me.

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I think that it's fantastic what you do Mezz.

It's a shame that more people don't take the time to smell the flowers and take in the natural beauty of our Aussie bush.

I know when we do field trips with our yr10 students, they crash through the scrub, rushing to the top of the hill so they can get a few bars on their phone.

I just don't get it. They are completely hamstrung without mobile coverage.

It's so nice to read your good news stories. Keep up your great efforts, you are to be commended.

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Thanks @Chook Its nice to be appreciated for the voluntary work I do. Like yourself, I enjoy the beauty of the Australian bush, I have always felt drawn to this country and I'm proud to be a part of its up-keeping. You and I will keep Australia (what it should be like) alive! What with you saving the land and me saving the creatures. 

Catch up with you soon in SA!

All the best, 

Mez

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