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    awww glad that you got some useful advice in regards to the possum.... maybe the possum is not sick or injured, maybe it just likes the tree & has made it's home there.

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    Thing is it's not a really safe place for it. And no doubt it's sick but Gemma jumping at the trunk is enough to send it out of its nice dark hole. It must be getting tired out in the daylight watching for dogs and birds.

    I'm trying to get a picture uploaded by it always fails. Will wait for hubby to get home because he sends it here, there and everywhere and then I can get it on the thread.

    Gemma is out there talking to the possum.

    She will be one tired dog tonight.
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    Trouble is MAC that there are only limited spaces for them so they often make do with a less than perfect home. There's not many hollow trees about in suburbia anymore, so many live in roofs, and many live sitting in the open in trees like koalas.

    It may have been displaced territorially by another poss, and has set up camp in your tree to regroup and figure out where to from here.

    Have you thought of a possum box? If you know anyone handy you can find plans online, get them to put on together and stick it in the nearest tree outside your yard. Or if you trap poss you can put it in the box in the morning (with the opening blocked!), put the whole lot in a nearby tree and unblock the hole after dark that night. They usually get the idea that the box is a better home.

    That depends on being happy to handle them - be careful! I'd come do it for you but you're too far away!!

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    Natty, we back onto a gorge with about 3 acres of land filled with gum trees etc before hitting a small winding road. Very bushy here so it's sheer craziness for the thing to set up home in a yard full of dogs.

    There has been one around the yard lately (about 1/2 acre fenced back yard) I've seen it/heard it up in the trees as the dogs always alert us to it. It may be the same one and possibly as you've said been pushed out of it's usual home (lots of fighting been going on).

    But the thing is if it's in the hole in the tree it's going to be very wet today. The tree has split in two and opened up in the middle so the rain can go straight in. Will try and upload a photo tonight to describe what I mean.

    If it really wants that tree then I'll put a box up for it, but if it just goes another 15 mtrs or so it can have a hole 3 acres of undisturbed gum trees to choose from.

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    If it gets wet it should inspire it to find a new spot. Is it an adult or a young one? Last year's bubs are just heading out on their own at the moment and some are really a bit crap at finding their own feet. We had one brought in that was living in a McDonalds bag in a concrete carpark - soaking wet and muddy...

    If it looks little keep an eye on it - it may end up needing a bit of encouragement. These youngsters look about half as big as an adult - large kitten size as opposed to cat sized.

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    I did not know till recently that any further than about 50mtrs away can mean death for them as they are out of their territory. National Parks and wildlife may be able to help trap it. It would probably be euthanased though.

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    Ok update on the possum.

    On tuesday night when hubby came home he got a ladder and looked into the hole and yes it's pretty deep. (Great another tree that really should be removed before it falls.) Nothing in there but a bit of fur caught on the bark.

    I know this sounds horrible but I was so worried that this would go on for days until the possum tired and made a mistake and Gemma would have it that we stuck a plastic pot in the entrance of the hole.

    Yesterday morning we woke up and the possum had gone.

    We thought it was a better option for it to move on than for us to trap it and move it on. We might have moved it into another possums territory etc for all we would know.

    We could hire a trap from National Parks, but they would not come out nor would anyone else.

    We thought about a box up the tree but Gemma is not the type of dog that gives up. And given the amount of other trees around I doubt it was necessary to give it a man made box.


    There is no shortage of trees at our place. It's all 5 acre lots around here but because of the gorge everyone has about 1-2 acres of fenced, the rest is mountain goat country covered in gums and natives.

    It was not the biggest possum I've seen but neither was it very young.
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    Sounds good, hope it was just establishing a territory and has moved on. Fingers crossed.

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    I don't encourage them to stay around our yard either MAC - my boy has caught them in the past and will certainly do it again if he gets an opportunity. They're just climbing rabbits to him and he is very patient - will wait at teh bottom of a tree for hours for one to come down so he can pounce...

    Sounds like it's found a safer spot.

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    Yeah I hope it found a safe home. I feel a bit mean, but...

    The Whippets gave up on it when it just sat in the tree. But not Gemma she laid down at the base of the tree and was going to wait it out.

    I've never had a dog before that will lock onto an idea and not waiver from it.

    A single dog biscuit has fallen under the fridge and she's currently laying down nose under as far as she can squeeze it and has been doing so for about an hour or so now. Soon I'll put her outside or take her for another walk to try and break her attention, but I still bet she'll return to the fridge.

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