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Monday, 10 December 2012

Possum Update

Caught the big male on Friday night..  I took him up to the pest man's house on Saturday early and he told me that the other one was a female.  And that she would have had a joey just old enough to be off her back.
Over the weekend I've been thinking about whether it would have survived, and was wondering what had happened to it because I hadn't heard anything in the ceiling. No noises, that is, until early this morning when there was a thump on the roof... When I went out with my torch to investigate I discovered who is still at large.  Yep.  The joey.  About the size of a big kitten. The torch light must have made it think it was morning because as soon as I went back to bed I heard it climbing up inside the wall and settle down to sleep in the narrow ceiling space above me.  
Time to bait the trap again.

The big male

Joey

3 comments:

  1. Well done so far. Good luck.

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  2. Thanks Geeb. Not enjoying it much but it has to be done.

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  3. Your possums are cute. Ours are pretty fierce looking, though it's all an act. I don't really mind possums, they eat snails and slugs. What I really dislike are raccoons. They're not only pests, they're terrible about killing things I like, chickens for example. Our possums usually have 4 babies I think.

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