Once thought to have vanished into the annals of extinction, an incredible creature has reemerged, surprising researchers in the vast expanse of Australia.
The momentous event unfolded during the Kangaroo Island wildfires, a catastrophic incident that led many to mourn the loss of numerous animal species. Yet, in the wake of this ecological tragedy, a glimmer of hope emerged.
Over 20 species, believed to have been lost, defied the odds by surviving. Among these resilient survivors, an extraordinary creature made its presence known.
The status of the little pygmy possum (cercartetus lepidus) was unknown pre 2020 bushfires on #kangarooisland. With most of its habitat severely burnt we are happy to have detected the species for the first time since the fires in the largest unburnt patch #BushfireRecoveryAU pic.twitter.com/tSRjPunDZ8
— Pat Hodgens (@terrainecology) December 4, 2020
The credit for this remarkable discovery goes to Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the island’s unique ecosystems.
Craig Wickham, the director of Exceptional Kangaroo Island, shared insights with Nevsveek about the remarkable findings in the aftermath of the disaster. The search for these elusive creatures necessitated the deployment of a multitude of specialized cameras equipped with powerful sensors.
Although this creature, a possum, possesses exceptional camouflage skills that render it a master of concealment, its existence is a testament to nature’s enduring resilience.
Pat Hodgens, a fauna ecologist, echoed a sentiment that lingered throughout this search – the unwavering hope that these creatures, believed to be lost, might one day reappear.