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    The dogs have all calmed down & are back out of the dog run, but the birds are starting to drive me nuts. Even the maggie's are now in on the act. It's at the very top of a smallish gum tree, I think it can link to some other trees but the branches are very fine up so high.

    Have left a message on an answering machine with Wires.

    Thankfully it's not hot today.

    It's a brush tail.

    At our old place the noisy minors (the native grey ones) used to dive bomb Gemma, she has a very low tolerance for them.

    I think it will stay in the tree and wait for night before moving on unless it's very sick. Once I realised what all the racket was about I went and closed the gate to the orchard/puppy run, Gemma did jump in (it's only 4ft fencing if that) which is why I locked all the dogs away for a while.

    The whippets are bored with the whole idea and even Gemma has gone to bed but the birds are driving me crazy.

    At least when it's a blue tongue or snake (diamond python) I can move the animal myself, but I can't even reach the possum let alone do anything about it even if I could.

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    Ahhh nothing like a bit of nature first thing in the morning to gently wake us from slumber
    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
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    at my parents property we have a small rockery where a pair of blue tounges allways produce a famiy of baby blue tounges. so at any one time we have about 20 to 30 babies in the back garden!! our elderly lab bella doesnt harm them she just watches them. when an echidna used to make a daily treck through the back garden she would run and hide though =)
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    Wires won't do anything until it comes down from the tree. No insurance for volunteers climbing trees.

    The lady agrees it's probably sick to be caught out in the daytime.

    All dogs are inside asleep for the time being, so hopefully it will move on.

    When we just had Gemma, who is a messy eater, the bandicoots would come for the biscuits she'd dropped out of her mouth, she would wait inside the back door and you'd hear the bandicoots nails across the deck and then Gems mad scramble on the floor boards to be out the door.

    She's not a killer but she does like to walk around with things in her mouth and the poor things near on die of fright. But with the Whippets it would all be over very quickly.

    The kids pet rat used to be completely covered in dog slobber because Gemma was always licking it. It would then spend hours trying to clean itself.

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    Hey MAC, rang your local council? Sometimes they'll have someone who can come out and relocate it a short distance. Depends on council, but I've always had luck with them in the past.

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    OK will try that.

    Half an hour passed with dogs inside, it's still up the tree and I'm going crazy from the birds. I've moved into the kids rooms and am on the forum and playing monopoly with the kids (getting soundly trounced too I might add) because their rooms are furthest away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    I hope you cat didn't harm the possum ( whom is a protect species by law) & i hope you dis-courage your cats or dogs from teasing or harming any native species..
    Nah, Paris didnt even get close. I don't let Bella or any other animal of ours have a go at any animal, protected or not, and I dont like being practically accused of it by a person who doesnt even know me. I know that they are protected, and I dont like having to be defensive about it. So next time, please dont treat me like I know nothing. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    Nah, Paris didnt even get close. I don't let Bella or any other animal of ours have a go at any animal, protected or not, and I dont like being practically accused of it by a person who doesnt even know me. I know that they are protected, and I dont like having to be defensive about it. So next time, please dont treat me like I know nothing. Thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    A possum going for a wander last night ended up in our pet birds screeching, Bella freaking out, two cats hissing, one of them going outside to slap that dang possum for disturbing her sleep(shes a little evil one), and the other cat just sleeping. I didnt get much sleep last night

    I did'nt practically accuse you of anything, just replying to your statement.....you did say that 1 of cats had gone outside to slap that dang possum...
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 04-06-2010 at 11:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    I did'nt practically accuse you of anything.
    Okay, if you wanna see it like that. Sure felt like it to me. I never said she had actually gotten to the possum. It was in the beam-like things at the roof.
    Im not going to go into this any further.
    Last edited by Brittany; 04-06-2010 at 11:49 AM.

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    Ok update - went out no possum, let dogs out Gemma jumped at tree trunk and you guessed it, the trunk is hollow so out it ran again. It is back up the tree with Gemma laying at the bottom.

    Whippets no longer interested (unless it's running they take no notice).

    The opening into the trunk is about 8 or 9 ft high.

    Rang the council and I can hire a trap but can only release it 50mtrs from where it was captured. Explained it's in a tree in a yard with 6 dogs. No help. So if it goes back into the trunk tonight and when I let the dogs out in the morning and the same thing happens I'll hire the trap and let it out in the bush at the back of us.

    Woman I spoke to at National Parks said it will likely return to the trunk anyway. It could of always been there and the dogs have only just noticed by somehow I doubt it. Gemma can find a crust of bread on a footy oval.

    Stubborn cuss that she is.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 04-06-2010 at 01:30 PM.

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