Monday, August 01, 2011

Set your faces to "Awwwww!"....

....because I'm about to throw out a shot of probably the cutest thing in the world. Ready? Sure? OK. Here's a sugar glider....


The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small gliding possum. They are marsupials and are native to eastern and northern mainland Australia (and also bits of PNG and the Bismarck archipelago apparently). As the name suggests they can glide using skin flaps stretched between front and back legs (just like the Colugo from the other week). They also like to eat nectar-rich flowers which is where the sugar part of the name comes in and at certain wildlife lodges in australia, tree based feeding stations will draw them in at night. If you thought the above was cute here's its tiny little tongue..

Check out the big eyes, ideal for nocturnal life, the big ears for the same purpose and the skin flaps. Obviously I've not touched one but the fur looks amazingly soft on these guys too. Just adorable.

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