Baby ringtails on the mend after mum attacked by python
THREE baby ringtail possums are recovering well after their mum was attacked by a python earlier this month.
A group of European visitors were sitting near the reception of the Byron Arts Factory when they heard a shriek and looked up to see a large python wrapped around an adult possum.
Three small, furry balls dropped to the ground, so the visitors gathered up the tiny possums and rang WIRES.
WIRES Northern Rivers publicity officer Muriel Kinson said the visitors were advised to put the babies into a box with some towels or a blanket and keep them somewhere warm and quiet.
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"This greatly reduces the stress of an orphaned or injured animal," Ms Kinson said. "The less human handling the better. Frightened animals tend to be as quiet as possible to avoid alerting predators and will rarely exhibit symptoms of pain.
"The reality is that a human is perceived as a serious threat - the fear of being eaten is the animal's biggest concern."
The WIRES rescuer soon arrived with a rescue basket with a woollen pouch.
The little possums have been in care for just over two weeks and Ms Kinson said they were all doing very well.
"The carer advises there are two males and one female who have all settled into their feeding routine," she said.
"They get fed special possum milk four times per day and are housed in their own little dray (nest) cage filled with native foliage to enable them to browse (nibble) through the night.
"They will be in care for approximately three months when they will be old enough to be released into the wild.
"Always remember, if you find a baby ringtail possum on the ground look for others, as the female ringtail possum often has three babies and always at least two."