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Monique the Common Brushtail Possum Joey   - 4th September 2017

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Monique the Common Brushtail Possum Joey

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Female   Weight: 330gms

Found: Monique and her mother were found on top of an electric switchboard in a home in Beerburrum, Queensland.

Transported to: Monique and her mother were transported to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a kind member of the public.

Veterinary Assessment: An examination and x-rays at the Wildlife Hospital confirmed that Monique's mother had suffered neurological injuries and nerve damage, leaving her unable to fend for herself and care for her young in the wild. It was unknown to the hospital team how Monique's mother sustained these horrific injuries that Monique had thankfully escaped.

Treatment: With no injures or abnormalities, Monique was given fluids and transferred to a humidicrib in the Nursery, before the orphaned joey was placed with a specialised wildlife carer.

Outcome: A wildlife carer will care for Monique until she is fully grown and can be released back into the wild away from any potential threats.

AZWH Fact: Monique the brushtail possum joey was named after a Visionary Wildlife Warrior who reached an extraordinary milestone this month. With the help from her grandmother, Monique baked tiger themed cup cakes for International Tiger Day and raised over $2,500 to support wildlife conservation.



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