Striped possum to be rehabilitated
AN ADORABLE baby striped possum rarely seen in the wild was found on the front deck of a property on Davidson St yesterday.
Barry Kennedy and Anna Gonsalves said some tenants found the little bundle of fur and brought it to their attention and it was taken to the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat for a check-up and rehabilitation.
The striped possum is hard to mistake, with its bold, skunklike appearance of striking black and white stripes along its body and white-tipped tail.
It lives only in the upland and lowland forests of the Wet Tropics region of North Queensland and in lowland New Guinea.
Wildlife Habitat assistant manager Clare Anderson said the striped possum is a fairly common local species found in a very small range, however they are rarely seen unless someone is looking hard for them.
‘‘These very cute little creatures can be found in various habitats from rainforest to open woodland and melaleuca swamp,’’ Ms Anderson said.
‘‘In Port Douglas keep your eyes out in the large melaleuca trees along Mudlo and Ti Tree St and Barrier st, but for the adventurous they can be spotlighted in the local rainforests - just be sure to use lighting that is sensitive to their large eyes.
‘‘Unfortunately where these animals are found in developed areas they frequently fall victim to both cat attacks and cars and rarely survive from either.
‘‘Unfortunately I have seen more fall victim than I have seen alive in Port Douglas.
‘‘This little one is only a young animal - it should have been travelling on its mother’s back still and will require a small amount of hand-rearing before it will be released back into the wild.
‘‘The Wildlife Habitat is home to some striped possums that have been a part of our collection for many years and can be seen as part of the night tour.’’
the rare baby striped possum