Even the Smallest of Earth’s Creatures Need Rescuing and Tender Loving CareThe Rainforest Site
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital rescued one of its tiniest patients in July 2016. The adorable little bundle of joy weighs less than the average paperclip, and she has a precious name to match.
The hospital plans to care for Boop, a baby feathertail glider, until she’s ready to return to the wild. At the time of her rescue, Boop was pink, hairless, and barely the size of a human thumbnail, but eventually she should grow to be the size of a mouse. Baby Boop fell out of her mother’s pouch near the zoo, and staffers immediately went to work to rescue her. Vets and staffers watch her 24/7 until they determine that she’s ready to live on her own.
Boop weighed less than 1 gram when she was rescued, but when she grows older she might top out at around 13 grams, or 1/2 an ounce. Zoo hospital workers keep her in a small knit pouch so Boop feels warm and snuggly until her hair grows in some more. This miracle baby has a lot to look forward to in adulthood as she lives in trees searching for food and other feathertail gliders.
Boop’s species are the world’s smallest gliders. These adorable animals can glide up to 75 feet thanks to their light weight and little flaps of skin between the legs and body. Feathertail gliders are so adept at gliding, they can perform a spiral pattern around a tree before landing on its bark. The tail is the creature’s most unique feature, as small, wiry hairs make it appear as if this glider has a feather for a tail. The tail aids in steering as the animal glides from tree to tree in search of food and to evade predators. Boop should have a fun life in the trees ahead of her as a healthy, mobile adult feathertail glider.
Boop’s story proves even the smallest creatures are worth saving. Do your part to help another, more well-known Australian marsupial.