We had a beautiful snow here that lasted about a week and everything was soft and fluffy white. This week the temperatures climbed into the mid 30s melting the snow banks and icicles. We are now have the slushy muddy mess that usually accompanies early spring.
Quigley, the brush-tailed bettong, has learned how to walk on his new harness. He is such a small size that I had to custom make a leather harness with Velcro to fit his little body and adjust easily for his fast growth rate. He's a pro at it now and sits fairly still as I adjust the harness and then he enjoys his pine nut treat for being such a good sport.
We are in the process of obtaining a Captive Bred Wildlife Permit (CBW) from the Federal Fish & Wildlife Service. This will allow us to adopt a female Brush-Tailed Bettong and hopefully increase the population. Since they are critically endangered and are being introduced back into their native habitat, it is important to keep the genetics variation as wide as possibly to avoid a bottle necking of their DNA.
We are looking for donations to help cover the costs of the application and build a larger enclosure to house the pair. If you would like to be a part of keeping the amazing Brush-tailed Bettong from the brink, this is a great way to be involved.