Bandicoots get new home


Young bandicoots have a feed at Native ARC.
Picture: Marie Nirme
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Young bandicoots have a feed at Native ARC. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d456507

ELEVEN bandicoots have been re-homed by Native ARC.

The marsupials were scooped up from bush on the corner of Buckley and Sullivan streets in Cockburn Central ahead of construction on the new Cockburn Community Men’s Shed.

Seven bandicoots were kept by staff at the Bibra Lake animal rehabilitation centre for a week before being released.

A family of four was monitored for a month before they were released into pristine bush near Aquinas College in Salter Point on Thursday.

Native ARC manager and animal care coordinator Dean Huxley said the bandicoots’ previous home in the small pocket of bush did not offer much of a future for the animals.

“It’s a pretty average area,” he said. “From our point of view it was not enough to sustain wildlife, besides the odd snake.

“It wouldn’t be long before they (the bandicoots) became cat food.

“Their new home is on par with what you’d find at Kings Park.”