Compositionally, I would have placed the animal on either side of the frame. As of now, it looks like he is skewered by the branches that should appear to be in the background. Since there is front to back depth in this photo, all of the elements become very 2D looking, whereas a wider aperture would set the subject away from the background.
There also seems to be some technical issues, namely that the image isn't very sharp.
Good critique, thanks. I was fortunate to get even this with the little Pana TZ5. On apertures and blurring backgrounds, I generally agree, but it's hit or miss for me when shooting animals due to their movements (note her hand). Some photogs take that to extremes, but your suggestion seems much more reasonable.