Ruby and Pumpernickel the Ringtail possums
This week’s patients are two extremely adorable Ringtail possums Ruby and Pumpernickel. These baby possums are orphans who are now being cared for day and night by one of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s dedicated Veterinary nurses Renee.
Ruby and Pumpernickel are not related but Ringtail possums are social marsupials that live in groups; so when orphans are admitted to the Wildlife Hospital we match them up with others of similar age to be raised together. Once the orphaned possums are old enough to be released back into the wild they are released together as a group.
We are not certain what happened to Ruby and Pumpernickel’s mothers but the most common causes of these baby’s being separated from their mother is domestic animal attacks and vehicle hits. Ringtail possums cannot tolerate eating fruit so please don’t feed them. You can help patients like Ruby and Pumpernickel by planting their favourite foods in your yard. Ringtails love Lilly pilly they also eat varieties of eucalyptus, wattle and grevillea.
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You can help patients like Ruby and Pumpernickel by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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