2020 has been a disastrous year for everyone in the world. Being at home for the entire year, and hearing about the number of deaths because of coronavirus has been depressing. But God has some way of lifting our hopes with some good news.
It was believed, that the bushfire which took place in Kangaroo Island 2019-2020 has wiped off many species who lived in those jungles. Recently, so rediscoveries were done were many creatures we found hiding in remote places.
Recently, another discovery was announced after the Aussie conservation group Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife spotted a little pygmy possum. They haven’t been seen since the Australian bushfires in 2019-2020.
Approximately a year ago, Australian bushfires tragically destroyed almost half of Kangaroo Island
For nearly the entire year, people thought that these cute little creatures wiped off in the bushfire which was set in the Kangaroo Island. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.
“The status of the little pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) was unknown pre-2020 bushfires on #kangarooisland. With most of its habitat severely burnt, we are happy to have detected the species for the first time since the fires in the largest unburnt patch,” the fauna ecologist Pat Hodgens wrote in a Twitter post announcing the rediscovery.
Many animal species were thought to be wiped out, including the adorable pygmy possum
The pygmy possums are incredibly small in size making them very rare to find. “There’s only really been 113 formal records of the species [ever on Kangaroo Island]. So certainly not very common and, obviously, the bushfires burnt through much of that habitat that species had, but we were certainly hopeful that we would find them,” Pat Hodgens told Hiptoro.
Fortunately, the tiny creature was recently rediscovered by an Aussie conservation group
It turns out, that they were rediscovered recently when the research was conducted aiming at finding species that are alive after the bushfires. Around 20 species were rediscovered and we thank God for this.
During the investigations on the island, more than 20 species have been rediscovered, including the southern brown bandicoot
And a Bibron’s toadlet
“[We’ll] do everything we can to protect them to ensure that they hang around during this pretty critical time,” Pat Hodgens told ABC. “It’s very important now because it is kind of like the last refuge for a lot of these species that really rely on very old long, unburned vegetation.”
Here’s what people had to say about the discovery