Did you know that there are actually TWO SPECIES of BRUSHTAIL POSSUMS in the Toowoomba Region?
This cute photo below shows a good comparison of two species of orphaned brushy joeys. On the left is the Short-eared Mountain Brushtail Possum (aka Bobuck) (Trichosurus caninus) and on the right is the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula).
The Short-eared Brushtail requires different care & diet than a Common Brushtail as it gets older, and has a very long time in care and requires a long-term commitment from its carer.
The Short-eared Brushtails are mostly found in rainforest vegetation and locally are seen on the escarpment of Toowoomba, Highfields and Ravensbourne to name a few areas.
Common Brushtail Possums are found in all habitats including dry and wet forests, inner suburbs and at times in ceilings!
Please remember that if you come across a deceased possum or marsupial, to take the time to check its pouch for a joey and call for help from your local wildlife carer group, the rspca wildlife helpline 1300ANIMAL or take the possum to your local vet for assistance. These two possums were saved because of quick-thinking members of the public.
Judi Gray - Toowoomba Koala and Wildlife Rescue