This is Mrs FatBum’s 2010 baby, as yet unnamed. Last night (August 30) was the first time I had seen the baby running around separate from the mother.
Like all the babies, this one has the orange tinge that was so evident in the baby from a couple of years ago, Pumpkin. Same gene pool presumably…
This is a baby brush-tailed possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, an arboreal marsupial widespread in Australia and increasingly common in the suburbs. The tail is prehensile and they have sharp long claws which enable them to scramble both up and down trees.
‘The young are usually born at the beginning of winter after a gestation period of about 17 days. When born the young possum makes its way to the pouch and attaches itself to a teat. It remains in the pouch for the next five months. By then winter has gone and it will venture out and climb on its mother’s back. It will travel like this for the next two months. Young females start to breed at about one year old’
(Taken with thanks from the Australian fauna website.
Balhannah, Adelaide Hills, South Australia