Ruby – The Yellow Bellied Glider

Young Ruby

Young Ruby

Ruby, a yellow-bellied glider, came into FAWNA’s care on 4/11/2014 at a tiny 71g.

Yellow-bellied gliders are on the Vulnerable Species list and are not often seen in FAWNA.  They are stressy little creatures and can be difficult to rear.

Sadly for this young female, her mother was caught on a barbed-wire fence and the injuries were so severe euthanasia was the only option leaving this orphan needing the dedicated care of FAWNA’s rehabilitator, Jodie.

Ruby now

Ruby now

Initially Ruby was housed in a humidicrib and fed from a special teat on a syringe every three hours.  Jodie reports this special little marsupial has adapted well to her new life and is learning to eat sap, insects and flowering buds with nectar, preparing her for her wild diet on release.

Ruby has grown to a healthy 500g and is pictured here peeping from her possum box in her large flight aviary.