Quigley and Babette have done it again! And it's a boy! Their second joey is now out of momma's pouch and is learning to eat solid foods. So far he's enjoying yams, cashews, and broccoli the best. He's still drinking milk but we are hand feeding him to ensure that he is not scared around humans. We want this little boy to be a great Animal Ambassador so that he can spread the very important message about his critically endangered species in New York where he's headed. He might even get to be on TV! We'll just have to wait and see about that though. He will join Nickle City Reptiles and Exotics as an education animal but he also has a surprise waiting for him. A female. She is much older than him but we hope that once he becomes of age they will bond and start another successful breeding colony. Brush-tailed bettongs are struggling to stay on our planet and continue to help their environments flourish. Did I mention they have magical poop? Well, not magical, but certainly very very special. As the digest their main food item (fungi/mushroom) they create a sugary feces that acts as a kind of "miracle grow" fertilizer that helps the plants grow three times faster and stronger! Who knew a little guy like this could be so beneficial to their habitat? W
1/8/2013 05:19:03 pm
Are you able to reuse their feces on plants around your area (probably not right now since its winter, but perhaps in the summer)?
1/10/2013 02:24:11 am
That's a great idea! Though the only way their feces would be beneficial would be if we could feed them the actual fungi that they eat in the wild. Since that's not possible, i captivity we replicate the nutrients of their natural diet with other foods accessible here in the US.
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