On the day after the Black Saturday Fires, (in 2009, Victoria,) that came too close for comfort, I found this ringtail possum lying on its back near my front door.
I thought she had died in the heat. When I bent down I could see her breathing heavily. I realised she was alive and needed water desperately.
I found the hose and put it gently to her mouth and she began to drink. After some time I found a bowl and filled it… and she sat up and came to drink from the bowl…
I quickly found my phone to film her as she drank and drank and drank.
Then a most wonderful thing that I could not film. After some many minutes of drinking… she walked around the bowl, ran across my feet and scampered up the driveway of my home. I sensed her relief and her wish to connect.