Saving Pete the possum

I was intrigued by the reluctance of my dog to wee against a particular tree.

Saving Pete the possum

Last weekend I took my dog out for a walk and was intrigued by his reluctance to wee against a particular tree. On further inspection I soon found out why.

There, curled up in a ball, no larger than my fist, was a baby ringtail possum. I’d never seen a ringtail possum before, but it was instantly recognisable. Not sure what to do, I went inside and Googled ‘possum rescue’ and was directed to Wildlife Victoria’s website.

On calling the emergency number given, I was advised there was a wait time for my call to be answered, but during this time I was told valuable information about which species Wildlife Victoria would assist and what I should do in the interim. When I rushed out with a box and blanket to retrieve Pete, as I’d now lovingly called him, I realised I wasn’t a moment too soon, as there was a rather large magpie pecking around.

Before my call was answered, Pete was safely snuggled up in the darkness of my garage. It actually only took a few minutes for my call to be answered and when it was, I had to give a few details about what I had found, where I had found it, etc. I was asked if I could take it to the nearest registered vet, which I was happy to do.

So, some 15 minutes after my discovery, Pete was delivered into the safe hands of the vet for assessment. The good news is he’s coming back to our area, as all animals, when they’re fit enough, are re-released into the location where they were found.

Wildlife Victoria, as with many other wildlife rescue organisations, rely on the hard work of volunteers and donations. If you find an injured or abandoned native animal, these organisations work tirelessly to look after, or treat these animals. Please consider donating your time, or making a small financial donation to your local wildlife organisation.


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    8th Oct 2013
    Good on you Debbie!
    8th Oct 2013
    WELL DONE McTaggart !
    It is inspiring how many people in Australia care for & work with the "all creatures great & small"
    Australians are fantastic people.
    go veg!
    9th Oct 2013
    Flying-foxes are incredibly important native mammals as they are the only long distance night time pollinators. 0.5% of wild ones may carry lyssavirus so people should not touch one if found alone in the daytime (it will be in trouble for a reason) to avoid any chance of contact but it is most important to be humane and call for a vaccinated rescuer. If you were somehow scratched, you should go soon to a doctor for a vaccine. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to help our vanishing wildlife. People who let their cats outside, especially at night, should be charged with a crime as each and every roaming cat kills hundreds of native birds, lizards and other animals in their lifetime.

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