Pos­sums say hello to bridge

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

RINGTAIL pos­sums at Dawesville have taken to the gum­nut pos­sum bridge slung between trees across a busy res­i­den­tial road.

The bridge, sup­ported by tug boat ropes, is the brain­child of lo­cal con­ser­va­tion­ist Ali­son Dixon and sup­plies a safe cross­over between the bush and the pos­sum’s feed­ing grounds.

It was launched last month with fund­ing from the Na­tional Land­care Fund­ing Pro­gram, Peel-Har­vey Catch­ment Coun­cil and the City of Man­durah and co-or­di­nated by Bou­vard Coast Care Group. It was a first for the Peel re­gion.

Or­gan­is­ers hoped the bridge would raise aware­ness of an en­dan­gered species and said it was tes­ta­ment to what could be achieved by vol­un­teers.

Pos­sums be­gan us­ing the bridge shortly af­ter the launch, ac­cord­ing to pho­tos from a 24-hour cam­era that recorded ac­tion on the bridge for two weeks.

Once found through­out south­west­ern Aus­tralia, ring­tails are on the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered list and could be ex­tinct within 20 years if noth­ing is done to save them.

The western ringtail lives for about four years and for­ages, nests and so­cialises in the for­est canopy.

Best of the verse

MORE than 130 peo­ple turned out for the Bush Po­ets Fes­ti­val at Port Bou­vard Sport­ing and Re­cre­ation Club. Chris Tay­lor took first and sec­ond prizes with two com­po­si­tions and Ge­off Maughan was third.

Pet project

RENTAL list­ing web­site rent.com has a fea­ture called pet re­sume that en­ables renters to make a CV for their pets so they can pro­vide po­ten­tial land agents/own­ers with a de­tailed sum­mary of their pets’ best qual­i­ties, in­clud­ing vac­ci­na­tion, per­son­al­ity train­ing and a photo.

Dogs are the most pop­u­lar pets for Aus­tralian renters at 68 per cent.

Cats lag in sec­ond place at just 25 per cent.

Birds are the third most pop­u­lar at 2.82 per cent, with re­ally niche pets like frogs, fer­rets, scor­pi­ons, yab­bies, bats, stick in­sects and sugar glid­ers mak­ing up the num­bers.

NT is the most dog state in Aus­tralia, with 74 per cent of renters own­ing dogs.

Vic­to­ria is the most cat state (31 per cent) and the least dogs at 61 per cent.

Tas­ma­nia is home to the most birds and guinea pigs.

Bella is the most pop­u­lar name for dogs, cats and guinea pigs, while (in­spired think­ing here) fish and fishy are the most com­mon names for fish.

One lit­tle pos­sum ven­tures across the new bridge.

MC Rob Gunn with Chris Tay­lor, Ge­off Maughan and judges Bill Gor­don and John Hayes.

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