Scary surprises for sugar gliders

An overnight stay in Merimbula for the rescued sugar gliders.
An overnight stay in Merimbula for the rescued sugar gliders.

Sunday, June 16 was a blustery day in Candelo and it had some scary surprises in store for a colony of sugar gliders.

The sugar gliders, who had been living happily together in a hollow tree, had their home blown down by a strong wind.

The tree fell onto a fence at Terry Gloster's father home. While removing the tree, Terry noticed movement in its hollow and discovered the dazed possums.

He collected them into a box and delivered them to WIRES volunteer Janine Green, of Merimbula.

The little colony spent the night in safety at Janine's.

The next night, when winds had died down, Janine returned them back to their home turf so that they could find another tree hallow to live in. Without these old habitat tree hollows, these native treasures would struggle to find a home.

Sugar gliders like to group socially, with up to 10 animals nesting together in up to five dens in their territory. They can glide up to 60 metres in a single flight.

Many thanks to Terry Gloster for his kindness in helping these possums achieve a happy ending to their frightening misadventure


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