Emma Jane Kidd was completely shocked when she found some very unusual animals in her dog Merlin’s bed one night. As she does every night, she went to her dog’s bed to wish him “goodnight”, but when she looked closer, she couldn’t believe what she saw!
Three small, visibly frightened babies were lying huddled together, trying to get warm because it was windy and cold outside.
After a few minutes of careful observation of these little animals, Mrs Kidd found out that they were animals called Quendas, also known as “Southern Brown Bandicoot” from the marsupial family, native to South Australia.
The mother of these little babies ran away as soon as she heard Mrs Kidd’s footsteps, leaving her babies alone. As the Quendas babies would not survive without their mother, Mrs Kidd called the Darling Range Animal Protection Team to take care of the babies. And the team was quickly on the scene. The Quendas babies were in good hands.
Facebook/Darling Range Wildlife Shelter WA
Volunteers from this animal welfare organisation were also shocked to see these animals, according to a representative from this organisation: “Quendas usually live in backyards and local bushes. It is not unusual to see them if you live in the hills. But these quendas building a nest in a dog bed on the veranda of the house is very unusual.”
Quenda in hand
Darling Range Wildlife Refuge
Mrs Kidd really did ask the right people for help. These good people made sure the babies were well cared for, and also actively wrote about the issue on their Facebook profile so people would have instructions on what to do if something like this happened to them.
“These are not dogs!” the shelter wrote. “The triplets are now in our care and are expected to grow up nice and healthy.”
Quendas are really not animals we can keep in our homes like pets. They are looking for their natural habitat to live a good and quality life. There have been people who have tried to keep these animals as pets, and the team strongly appeals to prevent this and not to choose these animals as pets.
“The animals should be taken to licensed wildlife rehabilitators as soon as possible and not kept by the public,” said a shelter representative.
Darling Range Wildlife Shelter
The baby quendas will remain at the shelter until they are fully ready to return to their natural habitat.