Australia’s rabbit-sized kangaroo population is expected to increase. Photo: Yahoo News
Australia: A tiny kangaroo with a brush-like tail but only the size of a rabbit has been spotted in Australia after 100 years.
They are called batongs and were common over 60% of Australia two centuries ago. But after population growth, deforestation, hunting by dogs, cats, and foxes, their numbers quickly disappeared.
Now 100 years ago, this tiny creature has been seen again in Yorke Peninsula, Australia, and experts have released 120 such animals into the wild in two years. But their boundaries have been protected from predators by installing protective fences. Their population has increased during this period and 42 out of 45 females can be seen with a baby in a natural pouch on their chest. Of course, this is a welcome thing.
But their population is expected to be slightly over 12,000 across Australia and efforts are being made to save this extremely rare animal. On the other hand, efforts are also being made to control the population of cats and foxes.