Bandi­coots get new home

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

ELEVEN bandi­coots have been re-homed by Na­tive ARC.

The mar­su­pi­als were scooped up from bush on the cor­ner of Buck­ley and Sul­li­van streets in Cock­burn Cen­tral ahead of con­struc­tion on the new Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed.

Seven bandi­coots were kept by staff at the Bibra Lake an­i­mal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for a week be­fore be­ing re­leased.

A fam­ily of four was mon­i­tored for a month be­fore they were re­leased into pris­tine bush near Aquinas Col­lege in Sal­ter Point on Thurs­day.

Na­tive ARC man­ager and an­i­mal care co­or­di­na­tor Dean Hux­ley said the bandi­coots’ pre­vi­ous home in the small pocket of bush did not of­fer much of a fu­ture for the an­i­mals.

“It’s a pretty av­er­age area,” he said. “From our point of view it was not enough to sus­tain wildlife, be­sides the odd snake.

“It wouldn’t be long be­fore they (the bandi­coots) be­came cat food.

“Their new home is on par with what you’d find at Kings Park.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d456507

Young bandi­coots have a feed at Na­tive ARC.

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