Our RSPCA Rescue Officers are frequently summoned for drain and pipe rescues with possums being commonly caught out, particularly after tree-cutting evictions send them searching for safe havens. The inadvertent adventures of a Bribie Island possum, became a recent addition to our tally of life-saving missions after concerned home owners spotted its tiny paw fussing through a crack in one of their downpipes.
After their own attempts at rescue proved too difficult, Animal Rescue Officer Sam arrived on scene, to successfully pry the cold, wet possum free. A pouch check revealed that the little jill was still too young for a joey, and though markedly fatigued, after a warm towel-down, snug swaddling and a few bites of banana peel, she was almost back in full, feisty possum character. A few days of rest at the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital will see this little one through to release. A wonderful outcome, but also a real reminder of the downpipe perils faced by fauna in our communities.