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In late January/early February Melbourne sweltered during a record heat wave, three consecutive days over 40 degrees C with the hottest 45.1 (second ever on record). A week later was our hottest day ever recorded of 46.4 degrees, which will now be known as Black Saturday with over 210 people killed in the resulting bush fires.

 

But, before this day, as well as us humans the native animals suffered.

 

Usually Ringtail Possums are very timid, nocturnal creatures. You rarely see them at all in the day time. The hot weather drove them down from their tree top hideaways looking for cooler air and water. Here is one which was just outside my study window.

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Uploaded on February 5, 2009