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Cats wreak havoc on native wildlife, but we’ve found one adorable species outsmarting them

Source: theconversation.com

Feral and pet cats are responsible for a huge part of Australia’s shameful mammal extinction record. Small and medium-sized ground-dwelling mammals are most susceptible.

But we’ve found one mammal in particular that can outsmart cats and live alongside them: the long-nosed potoroo.

These miniature kangaroo-like marsupials are officially listed as vulnerable. And after the recent devastating fires, extensive swathes of their habitat in southeastern Australia were severely burnt, leaving them more exposed to predators such as foxes and cats. But the true extent of the impact on their numbers remains unclear.

Amid the devastation, our new study is reason to be optimistic. MORE

Header image: long-nosed potoroos are a bit like mini kangaroos, but spend much of their time digging for fungi. Credit: Zoos Victoria.