No matter how small a life is, it is still worth saving. One animal hospital proved this point when they got the tiniest patient ever. You won’t believe how cute this tiny animal is!
20. Wildlife Hospital
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital recently got one of its smallest patients ever. In July 2016, a very tiny animal was brought in and it weighs less than a paperclip!
The tiny animal is a baby feathertail glider and her name is Boop. Boop is going to be taken care of in the hospital until she is strong enough to be returned into the wild.
When Boop was first rescued, she was incredibly tiny. She was all pink with no hair and was around the size of a thumbnail. It was almost too surreal to believe!
17. Regular Size
Boop should eventually reach the size of a mouse. But, for now, she is being watched over as she is incredibly small and unable to fend for herself. So how did she end up at the hospital?
Boop weighed less than a gram when she was brought in. Since she happened to be separated from her mother at such a young age, she would not have survived without outside help…
Boop is incredibly lucky to have the hospital staff by her side. As she gets older, she should reach around 13 grams, or 1/2 an ounce. Hospital staff are looking forward to seeing her grow and get healthier each day.
13. Knit Pouch
For now, Boop is living a great life at the hospital. They currently keep her inside of a comfy knit pouch, which is essential to her growth! Without the knit pouch she’d be in serious trouble…
The knit pouch is essential to Boop’s growth. The pouch helps her stay warm and all cuddled up which will promote her hair to grow in some more. She has a lot of growing to do but the hospital is staying optimistic.
11. Miracle Baby
Nonetheless, Boop is unquestionably a miracle baby. Once she gets older she has a great life of hanging out in trees and scoping out some tasty food. She’ll also have a ton of other feathertail gliders to socialize with.
10. Smallest Species
Boop is a part of the smallest species of feathertail gliders. These little guys can actually glide up to 75 feet and this is thanks to the fact that they are so small in weight. But that’s not the only thing that helps them.
9. Talented Gliders
These feathertail gliders are also a talented bunch. They are capable of gliding in a spiral pattern before they land on the bark of the tree. However, it should be known that feathertail gliders are not to be kept as pets.
8. Not Pets
Since these little guys are absolutely adorable, many people mistake them for an animal that they can keep as a pet. However, many experts advise against keeping this species in a domesticated setting.
7. Not Domesticated
Feathertail gliders are not a domesticated animal. They are an exotic animal and many owners aren’t prepared for the kind of care needed to make sure that a feathertail glider grows up in the proper settings.
Just because feathertail gliders are not violent towards humans, doesn’t mean that they enjoy attention the way a cat or a dog would. This is another issue that many owners could run into…
5. Fed Properly
Feathertail gliders are omnivorous, meaning that they feed on nectar, pollen, and arthropods such as moths, ants, and termites. Without a proper diet, feathertail gliders can run into some pretty serious health issues.
4. Health Issues
When feathertail gliders aren’t fed properly they can suffer from obesity or a variety of illnesses that can lead to death as well. However, this also isn’t the only problem that owners will run into.
Since the species is nocturnal, they will be awake when their owners are asleep. Their big adorable eyes are perfect for nighttime as it helps them see clearly. Feathertail gliders also prefer to hang out in trees and not inside cages.
2. Sweet Animals
Feathertail gliders are sweet, tiny, nocturnal animals that love to glide around in the trees of Australia. They are a wonderful species whose existence in the wild should be respected.
1. Getting Bigger
Each day, Boop is getting bigger and stronger and the staff at the hospital are so happy. Everyone is excited to see Boop get bigger and be released back into the wild.