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How Etee got home | The West Australian

Etee could have easily been mistaken for a baby rodent, but luckily this tiny brush-tailed phascogale was rescued by Dunsborough Busselton Wildlife Care Inc.

Despite their mouse-like appearance, phascogales are marsupials and part of the Dasyuromorphia order — the same as the numbat, quoll and thylacine.

Also known by their Australian native name, tuan, the animals are listed as a vulnerable species and rarely sighted in the South West due to their territorial nature.

Dunsborough Busselton Wildlife Care Inc president Sasha Boundy said very little was known about how to care for a phascogale from such a young age as it had rarely been tried.

“A lot of people don’t know what they are because they’re so unique, rare and fast,” she said.

“It is important for people who find injured or stranded animals to bring them to a vet.

“If a mother has abandoned a baby animal, it is for a reason. Don’t leave them in the elements waiting for their mother to return because they won’t.”

Ms Boundy named Etee after the alien movie character due to his translucent pink skin when he was first found.

Although he has been rescued, it won’t be a long lifespan for Etee.

Male phascogales do not live past one year, as they die after reproducing.

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