Early in the morning on 5 April WIRES received a call from a member of the public in Brunswick Heads concerned about a Ringtail possum and joey on the ground in her yard.
Possums are nocturnal so something was amiss. WIRES volunteer Catherine arrived on site and was easily able to contain Mum Ringtail and joey.
An initial assessment by Catherine revealed an eye injury to Mum Ringtail and some fur loss to the joey. Both were taken to Dr Lauren Archer at North Coast Veterinary Services for further assessment.
Sadly the injury to mum Ringtail had happened some time prior to her being discovered, she had been ill for extended time, before finally being found on the ground. She was humanely euthanased as she would never recover from her injuries.
Her joey had fur loss and was quite emaciated, likely brought on by the stress of a sick mother having lost the ability to produce the milk needed by her joey.
Little Jellybean (as the joey was named) was assessed by Dr Lauren, and although she was malnourished she had a good chance of recovery given the correct nutrition and care.
Jellybean was taken into care by WIRES volunteer Catherine. She was fed Possum milk formula, given fresh water and native foliage. She soon started to recover.
After a few weeks Jellybean was thriving. In order to ensure she would stay wild and allow her to regain muscle tone, she was moved into a large outside enclosure. She was provided with a possum drey, which after a few days she started to improve by adding more foliage. Catherine was relieved that her wild instincts were still intact.
Jellybean was fully weaned in late April and released with her drey into a beautiful large gum tree in late June. was fully weaned in late April and released with her drey into a beautiful large gum tree in late June.