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Rescued a Quenda yesterday. It was being 'played with' by a cat. As in held down and raked with claws :(

He ( or possibly she ) was badly in shock by the time I got him wrapped up in a fleecy jacket, and had estate security contact the ranger, who got me onto wildlife , who sent me down to the Rockingham Vets. He recovered enough to struggle a bit as the nurse cuddled him to keep him warm. I hope he survives, and I hope to find out which stupid bastard around lets their cat out to attack native fauna, so I can go savage them.

Anyway - Quenda - Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus. As you can see for marsupials they're pretty rat-like, and indeed it seems likely bandicoots were so named after an Indian rodent Bandicota indica that the explorer Bass knew about, in 1799.

Quendas are omnivores (again, like rats), and like all bandicoots, thrive on insects, fruit, seeds, and fungi. Bandicoots also enjoy the shortest gestation of any mammal - 11 days, but for some reason still felt the need to independently invent the placenta (not feeling so special NOW, are you 'higher mammals'?).

Brown bandicoots breed all year around as long as they have water available. A litter of two to five joeys spend six weeks in the backwards-facing pouch before mum kicks them out. A bit rude, because despite being born with claws - 'milk claws'? - the babies loose them again after reaching the pouch. Probably just as well tho, I doubt she'd enjoy being kicked repeatedly in the guts with their adult claws either, once they grow them. They reach breeding age a month after being turfed out, and patrol their territories usually at night, and rest in grassy nests during the day.

I'll check how he went on Monday, when the vet opens again...

oh, and apparently they have full colour vision - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichromacy


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Nov. 9th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Unless they're the ones in my sister's garden that patrol all day. No one has told them they're suppose to be nocturnal. They also have very bad eyesight and if you stay still long enough they'll try eating your toes to see what they taste like.
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
ok, I'll edit that to 'usually nocturnal'
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I hope the quenda is going to be ok .
The only quendas I've seen are at Murdoch uni and its kind of funny hearing the asian students calling out "a rat , a rat!" and then correcting them .

The quendas hang around the Asian curry van and under the demountables so their diet is pretty crap .
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Those quendas must have been uni students in a previous life.
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)

Hee! When I was at Murdoch, we had a Dugite in one of our classrooms...
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
"Cobra! Cobra!" "No, Pseudonaja actually" *is bitten* "See, i'm not dead"
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)

Yaay Quenda! Hope he/she is okay. That's why my kitteh is sterilized and kept in the house at night...
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
nods - ditto with ours. indeed, they aren't let out at all.
Nov. 9th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
My sis-in-law, who lives in Roleystone, has visiting quenda. They like cashews.
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
They're really into horse muesli and sardine oil - a fact I discovered when we were trapping Tammar Wallabies down south and a few quendas got stuck into the bait back at the research hut.
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
SIL also has a visiting RT possum. It sits on the verandah rail of an evening, waiting for a snack. SIL feeds it fruit cut into quarters; possum repays the kindness by eating all the flesh (er, of the fruit) and returning the skins neatly to the bowl.
Nov. 10th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
I love peoples' generous definition of 'full colour vision', especially when we can see only three colours. Granted it allows perception of most colours throughout the visible spectrum, but even chickens can see more than us.

Or there's the mantis shrimp, which can see nearly everything ever...


Good luck to Mr/Mrs Quenda, I wish we had such cool mammals in the UK. Cats should be made to have tyres put on their feet by law, I think.
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Good point "Colour Vision surprisingly as comprehensive as primates" then :)
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
I hope he/she is ok... And thanks for the awesome quenda facts :)
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
you're welcome :)
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
So THAT'S a bandicoot, at least a North American version. Cool.

Verra cute. Rodentlike enough to make a hamster go squee.
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
North American? I live in Perth, Australia
Nov. 10th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
I hope that the little fellow goes okay.
Nov. 10th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
So do I
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)

I hope for a full recovery, though given how beinh di am, I might be missing another post:)

Blessings to you for being such a sweety:) *hugs*
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
i'll try and ring the vet again tomorrow and see if there's been any further news
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)

*crosses his pecs*
Nov. 14th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
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