Patient of the Week
This week’s patients are two adorable common brushtail possums; the female, Faith and the male, Backrider.
These possums are both orphans who have tragically lost their mothers and are now being raised by one of our veterinary nurses, Tammy, until they are old enough to be released back into the wild. Faith and Backrider are not siblings but are being raised together to prevent them from becoming humanised. Unfortunately, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital gets many orphaned possums admitted and it is not uncommon for their mothers’ cause of death to be a vehicle hit, dog or cat attack.
These animals are nocturnal which means that they are most active at night. You can help baby possums like Faith and Backrider by keeping your pets inside at night and by taking care when driving on the roads.
If you find an injured or dead possum please always check the pouch to see if there is a baby inside. If the possum is alive please be careful and protect yourself with a towel as they are likely to scratch or bite. If there is a baby inside you can bring it to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital or a veterinary clinic for veterinary treatment and if the baby survives it will be cared for by a wildlife carer until released. All of our wildlife carers hold permits.