Caring for Our Creatures
- Written by: Jeremy Bentvelzen Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 email@example.com https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Penrith City Council’s Bushcare team have celebrated an exciting first — partnering with a local wildlife carer to return four ringtail possum joeys to the wild.
Penrith City Council’s Bushcare team have celebrated an exciting first — partnering with a local wildlife carer to return four ringtail possum joeys to the wild. Separated from their mothers, the possums required hand raising and arrived weighing only 80-90 grams each. They were released in late December 2021 after six months of rehabilitation, at a healthy 400-450 grams.
Council’s Bushcare team selected a suitable bushland reserve as the perfect location for their new home. The bushland reserve provides distance from homes and roads, has plenty of bushy trees for possum movement above the ground and is not home to any Powerful Owls who feed on possums.
Penrith Mayor, Councillor Tricia Hitchin praised the release of the possums into Penrith’s bushland.
“Penrith City Council is grateful to be able to provide a safe new home for the joeys in one of Penrith’s bushland reserves, and our team has done a great job in monitoring the reserve and ensuring it is the right location,” she said.
Moving the possums to a new location also introduces the possibility of the possums mating with other possums with different genetics, resulting in a healthier population.
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