FROM THE VOLT: Spot the magic glider explores the hand that freed him from an electricity box.
FROM THE VOLT: Spot the magic glider explores the hand that freed him from an electricity box.

Tiny glider rescued by WIRES

WEIGHING in at less than a gram, Spot the feathertail glider was rescued by WIRES Northern Rivers from an electrical box.

Apparently orphaned, and too young to take care of himself, the tiny creature was discovered by an electrician who was doing a job for Matt from Wilsons Creek. Matt called WIRES to come and rescue the glider.

Now in WIRES' care, Spot will be reared by volunteers until he's ready to be released. Though difficult to raise on their own because they are family-oriented and love to snuggle up close to each other, WIRES has had a previous experience of successfully rearing and releasing a feathertail glider.

Even when adult, the gliders weigh only between 10 and 15 grams. They live in large family groups of about 30, using leaves and strips of bark to build spherical closed nests lined with collected feathers and mammal fur.

Their nests may be in palm trees, tree ferns - or in manmade structures, such as phone or electricity junction boxes.

They can cover as far as 20 metres in a single glide. With tiny suction cups on their footpads, they can move on any surface including vertical panes of glass.

They're nocturnal creatures, setting out at night to find their diet of pollen, nectar, honeydew and small invertebrates.

WIRES volunteer Muriel Kinson said WIRES welcomes calls seeking information, or reporting sightings or experiences of wildlife.

"It's an all-volunteer organisation, and we need caring people to train as licensed volunteer wildlife rescuers and carers," Muriel said.

"Also there are many other ways to care, including staffing the hotline service, administration, fundraising and catering."

The 24-hour hotline service number is 6628 1898, or go to www.wiresnr.org.

The next two-day training course will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23.


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