Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Possum magic!

I was worried when I saw a young possum out by day. Had the poor little thing been orphaned? Was he so hungry that he had to forage in the afternoon? Since then, I've seen him in the company of his mum. And I'm beginning to get an entirely different picture of this little marsupial. I think his mum has had enough of him.


If his mum or a pademelon approaches him while he's eating, he screams and hisses like a possum possessed. If mum has food, he will try to steal it from her. She tolerates this behaviour for as long as she can, but always ends up relinquishing the nosh. I'm not surprised that she often makes herself scarce.

He has now taken to climbing up to the kitchen window to check out what's cookin'. I took this picture at nine this morning, an odd time for a possum to be out and about. He had been staring at the fruit bowl on the counter — so close, but still unreachable — until a pademelon distracted him.

He also likes to sit on the broom that's leaning next to the back door and has knocked over pretty much everything in the carport. It won't be long before he works out how to pick the locks ...

8 comments:

Lulu Stader said...

... or, indeed, to your car.

Snail said...

I'm hoping that he won't be able to steal that cos his feet won't reach the pedals!

Calling Ravens said...

It's funny to read about him/them, but do you have any clue as to why your possums are acting so out of the ordinary?
It could be they are wondering where their share of the chocolate biscuits is.

mick said...

A problem child! They seem to occur in all species - including ours!

Bernie said...

Definitely that kid you just wished would move out of home!!

Snail said...

Meggs, I'm not sure why they are out by day. Both young 'un and mum are also quite active at night. They seem to be in good nick, so I'm not too worried about them. (Apart from their potential house-breaking activities.)

Snail said...

Mick, this one is definitely a problem child! I think mum is trying to get me to adopt her troublesome teenager.

Snail said...

Bernie, I'd quite like this little possum to shift a bit further away. Still, it's very cute!