Brown Antechinus in care

15 january 2010

About 6 weeks ago we received a funny looking critter in to care. It had an extremely short tail, virtually no fur but was quite independent able to eat by herself, her weight was 16 gram.

Lice was most likely the reason for the lack of fur, and possibly something had taken a piece of her tail before she was rescued, it could even be a birth defect.

It was a bit of a mystery as to exactly what she was, but we had been told it was most likely a Brown Antechinus as that is what the person that had found her had on their property where she was found orphaned.

She would drink her formula from a milk lid, and hunt insects put in her little enclosure at night.

 

Days would be spent hiding away in her pouch.

She grew fast and in no time did she have fur covering her body and it became more obvious that she was a Brown Antechinus.

She would keep us amused watching her from a distance in her enclosure hunting insects, pouncing and attacking at first already dead insects, but a bit further down the track she was able to catch and kill her own. She acted and lookedlike a very tiny ferocious animal.

At 30 gram it was obvious she was ready to leave her enclosure, when I opened the lid she would try to escape, being extremely fast it was almost impossible to keep her contained, so after satisfying myself that she was able to hunt and eat by herself, Rick an I put a long stick reaching from her enclosure to a pole from where she could climb to freedom.

Reason we did not just open the enclosure and let her run was it would also give snakes access to her if she chose not to leave permanently.

The first night she ran back and fourth , in and out of the enclosure, choosing eventually to stay put. I closed off the tiny opening and removed the stick.

Next night was a different story, she took of almost at once, down the stick she went and after checking out the surroundings she decided to go further in to the bush. We could hear her rummaging through the undergrowth for some time, then she was gone. She did not return that night, but on the third day she was back in her pouch in her enclosure.

She was given a drink of her formula which she happily drank and after dark she took off again back to the bush.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


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