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After Surviving Horrific Wildfires In Australia A Rare Little Pygmy Possum Was Found Safe

People on Kangaroo Island, Australia can hardly forget the horrific bushfires that scorched almost half the island last summer.

Fortunately, a miracle has happened recently as a conservation group roamed around the island and discovered a little pygmy possum, which was thought to be locally extinct after the fires destroyed their habitat.

Rare Little Pygmy Possum Found Safe After Surviving Horrific Wildfires In Australia.

People on Kangaroo Island, Australia can hardly forget the horrific bushfires that scorched almost half the island last summer.

Fortunately, a miracle has happened recently as a conservation group roamed around the island and discovered a little pygmy possum, which was thought to be locally extinct after the fires destroyed their habitat.

The Tasmanian pygmy possum (also known as the little pygmy possum or tiny pygmy possum) is literally the world’s smallest possum, sσ it’s hard to even imagine how could that baby make it through such a devastating disaster, not to mention these tiny critters were rarely sighted on the island before the wildfires – which were said to spark after lightning struck a park.

“Prior to the 2020 bushfires on Kangaroo Island, the status of the small pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) was uncertain. We are pleased to have discovered the species for the first time since the fires in the greatest unburnt region,” wildlife biologist Pat Hodgens wrote on Twitter about the miraculous rediscovery.

As you can see in the picture above, the little pygmy possum they found (right) was even smaller than a Western pygmy possum (left). It weighed only 0.25 oz (7 g).

“There’s only really been 113 formal records of the species (ever on Kangaroo Island). Sσ certainly not very common and, obviously, the bushfires burnt through much of that habitat that species had, but we were certainly hopeful that we would find them,” Pat Hodgens said in an interview with the ABC.

The tiny pygmy possum was rediscovered as part of a wider effort to find and conserve all of the island’s 1,701-square-mile species that have survived. Over 20 additional animal species, including a bibrons toadlet, a southern brown bandicoot, and a tammar wallaby, have been discovered alive because to their tireless efforts.

“(We’ll) do everything we can to protect them to ensure that they hang around during this pretty critical time,” Pat Hodgens continued. “It’s very important now because it is kind of like the last refuge for a lot of these species that really rely on very old long, unburned vegetation.”