Orphaned Australian Possums Find A Surrogate Mum

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The twin brothers came to Taronga Zoo after their mother was hit by a car

Orphaned animals fighting for their lives. It’s an all too common story for our native wildlife, but these two young ringtail possums are in the best possible hands.

After their mother was struck by a car and killed, the orphaned twins are now being cared for at Taronga Wildlife Hospital.

Nicknamed Bert and Ernie, the four-month-old possums have found a new mum in Taronga staff member Di Scott.

Showing an amazing amount of dedication, Di is providing 24-hour care for the twin brothers using a makeshift pouch. She feeds the boys a special milk mixture, leaves and native flora.

“It was really hard to tell them apart when they arrived, so the hospital staff put a spot of nail polish on one their toes to help with identification,” said Di.

“They’ve actually got quite distinct little personalities. Ernie is bouncy and boisterous, while Bert is quiet and shy in comparison.”

While the boys lost a lot of weight after their arrival, they are now recovering in leaps and bounds.

When they are old enough, the twins will be transferred to a wildlife care specialist and eventually returned to the wild.

Every year, Taronga Wildlife Hospital treats around 1,000 native animals who have been injured or orphaned.

The common ringtail possum is found throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

[Images courtesy of Taronga Zoo]

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