Rare native rodent rediscovered near Melbourne

A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, southeast of Melbourne.
The population of the endangered broad-toothed rat, known for its chubby cheeks, has been declining in recent years Victoria for decades.

This is due to habitat destruction as well as predator cats and foxes.

A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south east of Melbourne.
A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south east of Melbourne. (9News)
A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south east of Melbourne.
A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south east of Melbourne. (9News)

Native rodent biologist Dr. Phoebe Burns of Zoos Victoria said the rare rats were “really relaxed, really docile little guys.”

“They are a very easy target for predators,” said Dr. burns.

Researchers conducted a survey in the lawn and found the rats’ droppings.

A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south east of Melbourne.
A rare native rodent not seen for over 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south east of Melbourne. (9News)

They soon managed to trap, identify and release one of them.

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