Rare native rodent rediscovered near Melbourne

A rare native rodent that hasn’t been seen for more than 30 years has been rediscovered at Wilsons Promontory, south-east of Melbourne.
The population of the endangered broad-toothed rat, known for its chubby cheeks, has been declining in Victoria for decades.

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

A rare native rodent that hasn’t been seen for more than 30 years has been re-discovered at Wilsons Promontory south-east of Melbourne. (9News)
A rare native rodent that hasn't been seen for more than 30 years has been re-discovered at Wilsons Promontory south-east of Melbourne.
A rare native rodent that hasn’t been seen for more than 30 years has been re-discovered at Wilsons Promontory south-east of Melbourne. (9News)

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

“They’re a really easy target for predators,” Dr Burns said.

Researchers conducted a survey of the grassy area and found the rats’ droppings.

A rare native rodent that hasn't been seen for more than 30 years has been re-discovered at Wilsons Promontory south-east of Melbourne.
A rare native rodent that hasn’t been seen for more than 30 years has been re-discovered at Wilsons Promontory south-east of Melbourne. (9News)

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

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