Bobuck (Trichosurus cunninghami)
Adult female Bobuck

For the first time in several years, Bobucks have begun visiting our apple trees near the roadside. Here’s a gorgeous, healthy-looking adult female, caught on her way from the roadside Manna Gums, to the tasty fruit.

Tagging along is her previous year’s young, fast approaching adulthood. The sub-adult is clearly smaller than its mum and the expression on its face suggests a distinct lack of confidence. Mum, on the other hand, views me with curiosity, rather than fear. She’s probably been a regular visitor to this spot over the years; adults on Boundary Hill have been known to live for up to 12 years. Whilst they’ll supplement their diet with tasty, exotic delicacies their principal food item is Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata), with lesser amounts of items like fungi, other leaves and mistletoe.

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