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Humphrey the Long Nosed Bandicoot   - 3rd June 2013

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Humphrey the Long Nosed Bandicoot

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Male   Weight: 53 Grams

Found: In the Kondilla National Park on the Sunshine Coast.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a local wildlife rescuer.

Veterinary Assessment: On arrival at the hospital, Vet Amber found Humphrey to be quiet, although alert and responsive to stimuli. He was extremely cold and had deposits of fly eggs all through his coat. When tested by the vet, Humphrey's mobility and hydration were good.

Treatment: Humphrey needed to be warmed quickly as at such a young age he is unable to maintain his own body temperature. He was given an energy drink of glucose and boiled water to assist his transition into care.

Outcome: As he is now an orphan Humphrey will be placed into the care of a wildlife rehabilitator experienced with Bandicoots. In quite a short time he will be ready to return to the wild.

AZWH Fact: Bandicoots are nocturnal like many of our native animals. Their diet consists of beetles, grubs, spiders and the tuber roots of some plants. Digging into the topsoil with their sharp front claws, they leave a telltale "V" shaped hole after hunting for food. Once prolific in numbers throughout all of eastern Australia they are now more difficult to find due to predation of the young by domestic cats.



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