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.