This thumb-size baby animal was found alone by a dog when she fell out of a tree. The dog’s owner took the poor little critter and brought it to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Beerwah, Queensland.
It turns out the animal was a tiny feathertail glider, and it weighs less than a gram, and it was found by itself. The tiny little feathertail glider is the smallest gliding marsupial in the world, and they are found in Australia.
Veterinarians at the Wildlife Hospital named her ‘Boop’, and the workers at the hospital are amazed that she survived.
“She was lucky to be rescued without injuries after she fell from the high treetops, which is their natural habitat, a hospital staff said.
Another orphaned feathertail glider was found with Boop, and they named her Betty when she got to the Wildlife Hospital. They are being cared for at the hospital, and are fed a milk formula through a very small tube.
Feathertail gliders are very small marsupials, and grow to a maximum of only 80mm and weighing only up to about 15g. They have incredible skill of gliding up to 25 meters at a time.
Young feathertail gliders stay in their mom’s pouch for 65 days until the go on their own so they will have to stay at the comfort of the Wildlife hospital for quite a while until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors wrote on Facebook: ‘After falling from her mother’s pouch, Boop luckily escaped any injury and will now receive round-the-clock care by a specialized wildlife carer until she is ready to return to the wild. Isn’t she precious!’
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