Kitten, Mrs FatBum’s baby from 2009, is having a baby which is bulging out of her pouch. I hope it appears soon – last year her baby didn’t come out till October (but she was a teenage unmarried mother last year and didn’t really know what she was doing!!!)
My possum family has changed so much in the last few months. Kitten is now the only one who comes to visit regularly. I’ve seen Mr Smooshy a couple of times only (he is the father of most of them, I think, he’s the only known male around). Tippy simply never came back one day, just in the same way that she simply appeared one day. She changed from a wild strange thing who would come right up to me in the garden but never let me lay a finger on her, to a compliant gentle girl who let me pick her baby up from her back while she was eating … she also let me play with her baby’s paw while it was still in the pouch. And then one day she was gone … her baby DropKick, who was recognisable while s/he was with Tippy, of course just simply disappeared into the background once Tippy was gone.
And of course the saddest change was the loss of Mrs FatBum, my first possum friend. I found her one day grievously wounded (hit by a car, I think, with a broken spine) and had to get a neighbour to come and put her out of her pain, as I simply couldn’t cope with doing it myself, to my shame.
So now I go out at night to feed only Kitten and every now and then Mr Smooshy. All the others – Mrs Murgatroyd, Fearless, RattyFatty, Little Treasure, DropKick, Pumpkin – all gone somewhere else …
Kitten continues to enchant me, wrapping her tail around my finger while she eats her apple, and letting me stroke her back and occasionally her little new still-pouched baby.
The Possum Chronicles are an ever-changing story …………
PS I apologise for the green wire – it’s what I used to attach a branch to the oak tree so the possums could come down to the feeding table. My photo management skills are not up to cloning the green out … so the hand of (wo)man is only too visible here!
Balhannah, Adelaide Hills, South Australia