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Summer the Common Brushtail Possum   - 22nd July 2013

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Summer the Common Brushtail Possum

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Female   Weight: 110 grams

Found: In her mother's pouch after her mother had been attacked and killed by a pet dog.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public who found the mother after the attack.

Veterinary Assessment: Summer was checked over by Dr Amber and she was found to be a lucky little possum. Summer was bright and alert and found to have no injuries. She had been protected by her mother's pouch during the attack.

Treatment: Summer was given a glucose and water feed as soon as her body was warmed to the proper temperature and after a suitable period was offered her first feed of the correct milk substitute used for possums.

Outcome: Summer has been taken into care to be raised by an experienced rehabilitator until she is old enough to fend for herself. She will be released into suitable habitat that is, hopefully, well away from domestic pets.

AZWH Fact: The common brushtail possum is the marsupial most often seen in our urban environment. Many people encourage these animals toward their homes by feeding them remember this could be detrimental as you may be putting these friendly little Australians at risk.



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