This is Milo and Luke.
Weighing in at just over a tiny 100 grams each of these baby Common Ringtail Possums are around 4 months old. Milo and Luke are not related but were both orphaned on the same day so will make great little companions for each other until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
Juvenile Ringtail Possums become orphaned for a variety of reasons but unfortunately the most common cause of death for their mothers is vehicle hits, cat and dog attacks. Mothers also have great instincts and are known to abandon their babies if the young are not well or unlikely to survive. As sad as this may seem it makes sense in the wild because Ringtail Possums often have 2 babies at a time so they are likely to put all of their efforts into the healthy sibling.
Milo and Luke were both found on the ground cold and hungry. They are now in good health and are receiving a special possum formula every 4 hours. Milo and Luke will remain in care with Tammy, one of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s veterinary nurses until they are around 7.5 months old before they will be released back into the wild.
Interesting facts: Ringtail Possums are one of the very few species that are able to eat Eucalyptus leaves which are toxic to most animals. They are social animals and orphans must be raised in groups.