The tiny pygmy possum, also known as the world’s smallest possum species, was thought to be extinct at first. It has now been found alive!
The tiny creature was found on Kangaroo Island, Australia, for the first time since a huge fire devastated the area a year ago. Due to the huge fire, nearly 90% of the island was destroyed. So many species were thought to be gone for good. However, it looks like things are going better than first thought. Over 20 animal species, including the pygmy possum, have been found alive.
It was found by a group called Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife, which protects wildlife on the island. “This is the first time we’ve seen this species alive after a fire,” fauna ecologist Pat Hodgens told the Guardian Australia.
Craig Wickham, the managing director of Exceptional Kangaroo Island, told Newsweek that “despite the loss of nearly 90% of the tiny dunnart habitat to fires, many animal numbers have since been found.” They saw them through motion-sensor cameras, which is good news for the island because there were fears that habitat destruction would wipe out the threatened nocturnal marsupial’s recorded numbers of between 300 and 500.
They live on Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. There have only been 113 sightings of the small, furry creature, which was also found in South Australia and Victoria. The possum weighs about 0.35 ounces, making it very hard to find.
There aren’t many of these birds around, and the summer fires ruined a lot of their habitat. “We were sure we would find them,” Pat Hodgens said. There are a lot of species that need very old, long, and unburned vegetation, and this is their last chance to get it.
When there were bushfires last year, almost three billion animals died because they were caught in the flames and couldn’t escape.
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