He can’t stay out of truf­fle

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

THIS baby brush-tailed bet­tong may look cute and cud­dly, but these lit­tle crit­ters will eat you out of house and home.

Josh Cox, who handraised four-month-old Stewie, said he has an af­fec­tion­ate per­son­al­ity and reg­u­larly takes him on the road as part of his Mel­bourne-based mo­bile zoo Rep­tile En­coun­ters.

“In the wild they eat fungi so one of their favourite foods is truf­fles,” Mr Cox said. “We joke that they have ex­pen­sive taste.”

Also known as a Woylies the small, bur­row­ing mar­su­pial na­tive to Cen­tral Aus­tralia is en­dan­gered – with only 15,000 cur­rently liv­ing in the wild.

“Ninety-nine per cent of Aus­tralians haven’t even heard of them,” Mr Cox said.

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