Norbert beats odds

Norbert the nabarlek.
Norbert the nabarlek.

The zoo in question is Perth Zoo which Norbert now calls home after being rescued by a Broome wildlife carer.

The little orphan was found curled up inside his mother’s pouch in August after she was hit by a car and killed near Mt Hart. At the time he weighed only 186g.

A Broome carer successfully hand-reared him, but Norbert cannot be returned to the wild as he would be unlikely to survive.

Perth Zoo director of animal health and research, Peter Mawson, said nabarleks grow to barely 30cm and are rarely seen by the public because of the remote habitat they occupy in the King Leopold Range and the Mitchell Plateau.

‘They are predominantly nocturnal animals that live in rocky outcrops in the Kimberley and the Top End, emerging from their hiding places to eat ferns and reeds,’ Dr Mawson said.

‘Norbert ” who now weighs a healthy 1.4kg ” will be placed with a companion quokka in the Nocturnal House so that he has company.’