Penny has been happy during the holiday season. We had a fairly quiet time, just enjoying the rest and the special week.
On Christmas Eve, she was out in the garden scouting around for intruders and found this cheeky possum. It was right in the act of leaping from the agonis flexuosa - fine for possums, a nice home - to our apricot tree - NOT okay!!
Did it care about Penny woofing around the base of the tree? No.
Did it care about me standing close enough to touch it? No.
I shone a torch right on it to take this photo but it still wasn't bothered.
Though it wasn't very happy about a flash photo.
I didn't want to scare it so much that it fell to the ground, because a wildlife carer told me ringtail possums have such a delicate ribcage that they will die if grabbed by a dog. (I can't find anything about this on the Net, though.) So I left the adventurous marsupial to pinch our apricots. I hope it didn't take more than one. What an optimist.
By the way, Penny got bored with the whole thing and went inside without me. She does like to find possums and tell us about them, but isn't interested in actually hunting them, thank goodness.