19 February 2014
WIRES rescue hotline received a call from a local club to rescue a possum stuck in an industrial bin used for food scraps. The possum was stuck in the bin and due to depth of the bin unable to get back out.
WIRES carer Ben went on the rescue and had to hop in to the bin himself in order to reach the possum. She was fairly easy to catch due to being extremely stressed and worn out from having most likely spent considerable time trying to get out, it was also discovered that she was in fact a female with a large joey in the pouch.
Both were taken in to care by Leoni. Mum possum was given re hydration fluid and some native food and it did not take long before she was fast asleep with much movement within her pouch.
Image below shows mum possum shortly after rescue in Bens rescue basket on route to Leoni, clearly stressed and frightened by her ordeal.
Mum possum was taken back to the club the following evening and released back in to a large fig tree, joey delighting Leoni but sticking her head out of the pouch as mum as released.
We urge that all industrial bins which all have lids are actually closed. It is extremely tempting for animals such as possums to take advantage of food left in bins, once inside they are not able to escape.
It is a frightening thought as to how many animals may in fact go to the tip or even worse go in to the compactors when the bins are emptied, the operator of the compacter not aware that a live animal such as mum possum is trapped.