Jim Pollock, BVSc

Kiki 2015

Jim Pollock

Jim Pollock passed away in May 2023. He had been ill for some time. I haven't been able to write about it before now. I still don't know how much I will be able to get into words. It is difficult to see the screen, because my eyes are filled with tears.

I am not sure if others will understand the significance, but my longest ongoing email relationship has been with Jim, and it was a relationship in which the boundaries were clear. Our communication was all about possums. I did not discuss my illness with him, and I don't even know if he knew. I think at the very least he suspected I was eccentric, or didn't quite fit anywhere.

I never met him in person, or spoke to him on the phone.

It's difficult to find vets in Australia who are willing to treat wildlife, but Jim had decades of experience.

The first time I wrote to him, I sent some photos and a rather long-winded description. He wrote back in less than two hours, and said 'give me your address, I'll overnight you some antibiotics.' The conditions that were occurring in possums here were those he had been treating throughout his career.

Through the years, Jim either helped to save the lives of countless possums here, or to at least improve their quality of life.

He also helped me, not only by helping me to help those I cared about, but by believing me, and believing in me.

I will miss him.

~Xesce [The photos on this page represent only a few of the possums who have been helped over the years, and due to the difficulty of composing this entry, I have reused some from my last possum tv entry.]

Toto 2015


Wasabi 2015

Svejk 2012

Farley 2015

possum tv 2015
possum tv 2014
possum tv 2012
possum tv 2011
possum tv 2010