Another possum baby by Denzil

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This is Other Mrs Fatbum’s new baby, posted here not because of any photographic merit, but to show that apparently the full range of colours is available when ordering a baby possum! This little one is extraordinarily dark tawny brown, quite unlike any of the previous babies.
Just the other night all I could see was its arms and legs peeking out of the pouch, then a tiny glimpse of a pink nose … then the next night, there it was, perched on Other Mrs Fatbum’s back, taking in the new world outside the pouch. It still wants to suckle but the mother pushes down in a sudden peculiar action to eject the baby from the pouch. It just sits on her back mostly, looking and taking it all in. Other Mrs Fatbum is quite happy to come right up to me and take apple from my hand, she will even let me pet her paws while she’s eating.
The baby is a strange dark little creature! I hope it retains this distinctive dark colouring, it will help me maintain accurate identification as it grows up.


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  • Barssel
    Barsselalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture………………….

  • Thanks Ade – it is such a joy each night to interact with thse delightful little beasts! I never know which one/s will visit, sometimes I get the whole tribe and then war breaks out in the branches …

    – Denzil

  • lightsmith
    lightsmithalmost 5 years ago

    The expression on the baby is very cute. And you’ve caught mother with her mouth open LOL

  • Yes, she’s about to reach for the torch and give it a chew, since she now associates it with the pieces of apple!

    – Denzil

  • TubularBelle
    TubularBellealmost 5 years ago

    You need another name for these other than ‘other Mrs Fatbum and baby’. As I may have said, we have possums in our yard also but I don’t know where they sleep and I would love to get this close to them. Baby Possum is very beautiful. Welcome to the World little one, you are lucky to live next to a nice human.

  • Thanks for this lovely comment!
    You’re right, I need to be more creative with my names, since if they all grow up there’ll be too many FatBums …! LOL

    – Denzil

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful,Denzil,never seen that color before,brilliant catch!!!

  • Isn’t it unusual? I’m trying hard to get good shots of this little one …

    – Denzil

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    You’re absolutely right – this one’s adorable. Little baby’s hanging on for dear life! Love it!

  • Thanks Marsha :) Tonight the little one was soaking wet (nice rain today), still clinging to its mother’s back, still with the same strange fixed stare … I don’t think it’s been cooked enough!!

    – Denzil

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1almost 5 years ago

    A lovely shot.

  • Checked this baby out again tonight – it’s tummy is the colour of boiled pumpkin! Last night I stroked it while it was trying to get apple from its mother, and also fed it a bit of apple … it’s very tiny!

    – Denzil

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1almost 5 years ago

    Your a softie.

  • Too true!!!

    – Denzil

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