Brushtail possum was relocated with her family from a roof,
the owners thought they were doing the right thing by relocating
close by in the forest. What they were not aware of was the
need for a new home for the possum family.
are extremely territorial, where habitat is available you will almost
certainly already have resident population of possums, so the relocated
ones will have a very hard time finding suitable shelter, such as
a hollow limb in a tree, hollows take up to 200 years to form.
juvenile Mountain Brushtail possum was found hiding in a chicken
laying box, covered in sores, malnourished, her teeth had been ripped
out on one side, causing infection through her mouth and throat.
we could do for her was to relieve her pain and suffering, and she
was humanely euthanased.
rest of her family was not found, we can only hope that they faired
better than this little girl.
right thing to do when a possum is in your roof and causing you a
problem is to relocate to as close as possible, within 50 meters.
is vitally important is to at the same time make sure the possum
has a new home, such as a possum box located in a tree nearby .It
should be high enough that no domestic pets can reach.The higher
contact your nearest Wildlife organisation for advise before attempting
Possums do not chew on wires and rarely defecate where they sleep. Why not leave them be shelter is hard to find these days, surely we can help these native animals by letting them shelter in our roof. They are out at night when we sleep and come back just before we wake up.