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Dinner time? by cakecrumbs Dinner time? by cakecrumbs
This guy is a common brushtail possum. I get to work with these lovely critters as part of my current research project. They're usually pretty shy, but this possum (Paul) got very comfortable with me and would greet me when I brought them dinner.
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Nazus-98 Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute♥
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:iconnichii:
Oh wow, it looks a bit like a mutated Chinchilla :D
Such a cute little guy, though I get scared once I get to see the narrow slits that are hidden behind the big-button-eyes of such fellas ^^;

Still, it's a nice shot!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
Haha, yeah, a bit like that. They're very adorable - although, like any wild animal, most become defensive when confronted. A lot around the cities are used to being fed by people so they're unfortunately very tame.
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lenslady Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He is sooo cute! Those big eyes just draw you in and make you want to cuddle him.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
Totally! Although I'm not allowed to cuddle them. :(
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:iconninina-nini:
But why aren't you allowed to cuddle them? Especially if you can bring them food :confused:
And what are you researching if I may ask?
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Because they're wild animals, you don't want them to get too comfortable around people. I have them in captivity for 2 weeks before releasing them, so you want them to stay as wild as possible.

I'm looking at nest box selection and what factors influence whether they will den or not. Mainly focusing on how a perceived predation risk changes where they will den.
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:iconninina-nini:
oh I see, interesting
I'd think this kind of research would be done in nature

I would have so much hard time parting with them after two weeks though
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:iconcakecrumbs:
I'm doing it both in nature and in captivity. :) The captive trial lets me see how they react under controlled conditions, and the wild study shows me how they react with all the different things influencing them.

I have a really hard time saying goodbye. It makes me sad every time. I console myself by remembering that the wild is where they belong and where they are happy.
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