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Rescuing Possums & Gliders

Rescuing Adult Possums and Gliders

  • If the animal is an adult possum or glider, approach it cautiously with a towel or blanket.

  • Ensure you are wearing long sleeves and animal protection gloves.

  • Scoop the animal up in the towel, making sure you cover the head. This will help keep the animal calm.

  • Place in a box or animal transport cage that has a towel or blanket in the bottom of it.

  • Rescuing a Possum or Glider Joey

  • If the adult animal is dead, check to see if it is a female with a joey in the pouch.

  • If the joey is pink and without fur, do not forcibly remove it from the teat as this will cause its death. Gently insert the tip of your little finger into the corner of its mouth to get it to release the teat.

  • If the joey is furred, remove it from the pouch, cover and wrap it in something warm, to keep it calm and snug.

  • Handle as little as possible as they have very sharp claws and teeth.




    Torpor is the name given to the status an animal goes into to reduce it's body temperature, metabolic rate and physiological processes. Torpor is most commonly seen in animals on the Granite Belt in winter as it is used to cope with acute environmental challenges or food shortages.


    Do not try and wake or warm up an animal that is in a state of torpor. Get the animal to a wildlife carer as soon as possible.