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Search still on for person who shot possum with arrow

DOING WELL: RSPCA staff are hopeful Marmalade the possum will be released into the hands of a long-time carer in the next week.
DOING WELL: RSPCA staff are hopeful Marmalade the possum will be released into the hands of a long-time carer in the next week. David Nielsen

MARMALADE the possum is recovering well after being shot with a bow and arrow, but her carers at the RSPCA have had no luck in their search for information on who may have attacked her.

They have renewed calls to the public to report any suspicious behaviour around August 8 and 9 in Walloon Rd, Rosewood, where Marmalade was discovered.

She was found up to a day after being shot, with severe injuries to her legs that resulted in a fracture and multiple infections.

Her baby was killed when the arrow pierced Marmalade's pouch.

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RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said Marmalade was recovering so well that she would likely be released from the hospital and into the home of a long-term carer in the next week.

The possum has been taken off IV and antibiotic treatment and is now on oral medication.

RSPCA wildlife veterinarian Dr Tania Bishop said Marmalade would learn in care how to climb with her fractured arm, which now has a pin that must stay in for life.

She will then be released back into the wild when her recovery is complete. No reports have surfaced about the attack, which comes after an increasing number of bow and arrow attacks on other wildlife in the past few years.

You can phone the 13 ANIMAL hotline on 1300 264 625 to make an anonymous report to the RSPCA.

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Marmalade the possum is recovering at the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital after being shot by an arrow. Photo: Elinor Wyn Thomas (please credit)
Marmalade the possum is recovering at the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital after being shot by an arrow. Photo: Elinor Wyn Thomas (please credit) Contributed

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