The storms and cold weather brought in an influx of little Feathertail Gliders over the last week. It is difficult to survive the elements when so tiny. Each day a call would come from the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital or the Eumundi RSPCA Wildlife Centre. Oops! Just as I type this there is another ‘Feathertail Glider in distress’ call, so back into the car again!
It is very sad when these glider joeys come in as a single young, as the female has two, three, and sometimes four in the pouch. It is tragic to think what has happened to Mum and the other siblings. If anyone finds a dead glider, as with Ringtail Possums, there is usually more than one young.
Feathertail Gliders make their grassy nests in strange places, maybe in the pocket of a coat hanging on the veranda, or a favourite place is in power boxes. Of course, they are mistaken for feral animals such as house mice or rats and sadly this does not help their survival. As a little joey, the tail is the usual round shape, and the flat feather looking tail just develops as they grow.
One of the calls received through the WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline was for three jelly bean size Feathertail Gliders. They are exquisite little animals! The gentleman who phoned was very upset with the sad situation he experienced. He went to his power box and when he opened the door the female glider ‘flew’ out. Unfortunately, there was a Butcherbird nearby who immediately saw the opportunity for a meal. The three little ones were found in a nest inside the power box. Though so tiny, their fur is starting to grow and, with WILVOS loving care they will hopefully grow into big strong 15gram adults!