Cute trio of glid­ers

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - WILVOS NEWS DONNA BREN­NAN

AFTER some dis­mal weather, it is lovely to see the sun shin­ing.

With the short days, we see an in­crease of late af­ter­noon calls on our 5441 6200 hotline. Sud­denly, peo­ple are driv­ing home from work in dim light, or the dark, which is the danger time for the wildlife that head out for­ag­ing for the night.

Echid­nas, that are very prone to heat stress, only like to move about in the cool and this is their breed­ing time.

If you are very lucky you may get to see an “echidna train” which is a line of male echid­nas fol­low­ing a female.

Sadly, there are still many calls about cats killing the ex­quis­ite lit­tle sugar and squir­rel glid­ers. I just don’t know how we can con­vince peo­ple that leav­ing a cat free-rang­ing is cruel and in­hu­mane to our wildlife.

Sugar and squir­rel glid­ers have twin joeys, so we try to put them with oth­ers of the same size. This lessens the stress after the usu­ally tragic ex­pe­ri­ence of los­ing their mum.

This week I had a tiny 13g squir­rel glider come into care. I put this lit­tle joey into a cosy pouch set-up in a warm res­cue bas­ket with two other 20g glid­ers snug­gled up in their own pouch.

Within the hour the two larger joeys had crawled in with the new lit­tle one, busily groom­ing her be­fore all curl­ing up and going to sleep, very closely en­twined.


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