HooRay the Possum

 
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This little guy turned up on our doorstep, was returned to its habitat a number of times, but kept coming back. My husband made him a box to sleep in and we started feeding the poor wee thing as its only a baby. Named HooRay (ask my husband why) or Ray for short, he goes out every night exploring but then comes home to his bed for his daytime sleep as he is nocturnal. Just like our cats, this latest edition picked us, not the other way around. Oh, isn't he sooooooooooo cute?

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Guest - Nov 06, 2005 11:43 PM EDT
Hooray has decided to join the rest of his kind in our little forest. We no longer feed him but I think he still uses the box to sleep in from time to time. He just needed a little help until he was old enough to look after himself. I do miss him though but its better for him to be with his own kind.
Guest - Nov 05, 2005 04:47 PM EDT
What a cute pet,I do know of other people that have possums as a result of losing their mum and making good pets especially if their eyes are still closed when they venture into your life.Some hunters find them still in their mothers pouch and bring them home sometimes for ma or the kids to look after.
Guest - Oct 19, 2005 12:54 AM EDT
Thanks Alandra. Have been meaning to drop you an email but I am quite busy with work at the moment due to being down a staff member. I also have some more photos that I must upload onto my website for all to see. I will make a point of looking at the fuschia photo. They sure are a pretty flower.
Guest - Oct 18, 2005 03:16 PM EDT
Hi Lulu, wanted to letu know that I checked out your website sometime ago, left comments, and plan to return, it was good to "meet you" : ) Also, the fuchsia pic that you wanted to see, is also up on my gallery : )
Guest - Oct 17, 2005 02:44 AM EDT
Mel, he is getting fat on carrots, not our forest it seems. However, if he wants to eat gum leaves, then there is plenty to do him a lifetime. I think he's becoming too well looked after though.
Guest - Oct 12, 2005 04:26 PM EDT
How cute! Make sure this one doesn't eat your beautiful forest though.
Guest - Oct 02, 2005 03:31 AM EDT
Thank you all for your comments on our new little pet. Yes Alandra, ours are marsupials also. We have just moved his bed to another area of our garden as we discovered that he liked our new grape buds. Its quite cute, I go to pat him and hand feed him just to let him know we are friendly. As for releasing him, we live on a rural block so our whole back yard is his natural habitat. We just supply him with a bed which he comes to and fro as he pleases. As stated earlier, possums in New Zealand are pests as they like to eat our native trees. However, we have our own little forest which I'm sure is full of dozens of possums and they don't seem to be doing us any harm so we just leave them. Oh Alandra, I'm just using the standard 18-55mm lens that came with my camera for all these shots. Been playing around with the focal points though and a little bit of manual focusing too. Hope this helps in your decision.
Guest - Oct 01, 2005 10:53 PM EDT
Alandra did a great job of describing America's version. A tiny baby got into my house once and I fed him dry cat food. They eat insect, earthworms and what ever else they can find. Their life span is only about 2 years.
Guest - Sep 29, 2005 09:42 PM EDT
Used to do wildife rehabilitation, and one of my favorites was an opossum named Mouse. I got him when he was less than a handful. They're wonderful little fellows. Do you plan on releasing him? Great shot.
Guest - Sep 29, 2005 05:07 PM EDT
At first I was going to say "that's not a possum" but then I realized that you are not where I am LOL. Our Possums are A LOT uglier and are fairly nasty critters, both in temperment and eating habits. Your's looks very cute.
Guest - Sep 29, 2005 04:23 PM EDT
hi again Lulu, meant to ask you, which lens are you using in this shot and the clematis macro shot? am still trying to decide which route to take, and trying to find out all I can re the various lenses before deciding, and like what I see with yours. thanks A.
Guest - Sep 29, 2005 01:53 PM EDT
Hi Lulu, had left a comment before this pic got accidentally deleted. He sure is a cute little beggar. Quite different in appearance from our N.American possums. I think ours don't have such large ears, and are more grey colour. yours are much prettier. Are they marsupials also? (as ours are)
Guest - Sep 29, 2005 02:27 AM EDT
Tania, he's really still quite little. Think he may have just been separated from his mum. We give him a variety of fruits and veges to eat and then he goes out at night, possibly to have a nibble on whatever he can. I know they are pests, but this one sure isn't. We are hoping that because he is so young, that he will get friendly. He is getting used to our touch though which is good.
Guest - Sep 29, 2005 01:53 AM EDT
Lulu he is georgous. They are a pest but I think they are wonderful loving pets.

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