Pos­sum res­cue, care info on the agenda

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Francis Wit­sen­huy­sen francis.wit­sen­huy­sen@gat­ton­star.com.au

... ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand what we do, how to care for pos­sums.

— Mar­i­lyn Splet­ter

THERE’S an ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­nity for any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a pos­sum carer, with one wildlife group of­fer­ing an ex­clu­sive in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

Run by AR­ROW, Pos­sum Chat will cover both brush tail and ring tail pos­sums from their ear­li­est stages through to ar­rang­ing re­lease, aviary re­quire­ments, food and gen­eral care.

Wildlife carer and guest speaker Mar­i­lyn Splet­ter will run through ev­ery­thing peo­ple need to know about pos­sum res­cue and care.

Mrs Splet­ter said the ses­sion was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for any­one that’s in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a wildlife carer and want­ing to join a group to start out.

“They have to pick-up ex­pe­ri­ence from some­where and this will be a very in­for­ma­tive ses­sion,” she said.

“Knowl­edge is power when as a wildlife carer, so in­ter­ested peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand what we do, how to care for pos­sums.”

Pos­sum Chat at­ten­dees will re­ceive a in­for­ma­tive pos­sum jour­nal, put to­gether by Mrs Splet­ter.

“It has in­for­ma­tion on brush tails, ring tails and glid­ers,” she said.

It’s bits and pieces from wildlife groups and car­ers’ books I’ve gath­ered over the last 20 years.

“The jour­nal will show what to do if you get a 100g brush tail into care, and say it’s moth­ers been killed, it will tell you the age it is, how much milk it is to be fed and how of­ten.”

Mrs Splet­ter said she should have a pos­sum on hand at the ses­sion to show the group how to feed it as well as an­swer any ques­tions.

Mrs Splet­ter has 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in car­ing for pos­sums and has been a pos­sum men­tor for 10 years.

She also vol­un­teers at Mog­gill Koala Hospi­tal (25 years) and vice pres­i­dent of Ip­swich Koala Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (IKPS) for eight years.

“As the pos­sum men­tor for IKPS, peo­ple will ring me with an in­jured pos­sum, and I will ad­vise and re­fer them where I can,” she said.

The Pos­sum Chat is on Satur­day, April 29 from 1.45-3.30pm at Alexan­dra Hall, 111 Cress­brook St, Too­goolawah. Mem­bers free, or $15. Book­ings essen­tial, phone 0430 904 415.

AR­ROW will also host a Wild Koala Day on May 5. Call 0430 904 415 for info.

PHOTO: FRANCIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

WILDLIFE WAR­RIOR: Mar­i­lyn Splet­ter and fel­low carer Kirsty Lax with Gil­bert who has been in re­hab for seven months af­ter be­ing found paral­ysed.

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