Švejk is Cocoa's second baby. ['shvake']
Švejk is comfortable around people. He is friendly, doesn't mind
being petted, and has even come into the house on his own. (On one
occasion he climbed a vertical support beam that Cocoa sometimes
climbs when she comes in the house - we have photos of Cocoa on this
beam in the Cocoa section.)
He spent less time flailing and crying in distress when left on
his own than the other baby possums we've had contact with. He has a
kind of skill with making his way through trees, finding the right
branches, aiming, etc, that reminds us of Blackbeard. He didn't
wait for Cocoa to give him a push to go off on his own - he seemed
to want to instinctually, without being asked or forced.
It is possible that male possum babies are considered more
'precious' than females - Švejk will usually wait for Cocoa to taste
a new food first, even if he appears to like the smell of something.
The mothers/females may be considered more expendable, or hardier
when it comes to eating something potentially poisonous. When Cocoa
was very tiny, she didn't wait for Ginger to taste food for her.
We have had a lot more male than female possums around. For a long
time now (as of 31/03/07), Cocoa has been the -only- female.
Švejk main page
more with Cocoa
Švejk grows up
plump and furry Švejk