Three tiny baby sugar gliders have been handed in to The Australian Reptile Park after their home was destroyed.
The triplets were in the hollow of a tree which was illegally cut down for firewood, a major problem for local wildlife at this time of year.
The sweet siblings have been named Tiny, Beyoncé and Lemonade and are settling into their new home.
“Such gorgeous additions to our Reptile Park family,” general manager Tim Faulkner said.
“They’re development is coming along nicely with them all feeding great and gaining weight by the day.
“Tiny, Beyoncé and Lemonade will reside at The Australian Reptile Park for the next six months until they are big and strong enough to head out into the wild by themselves through a soft release program.”
Sugar gliders are nocturnal marsupials native to most of the coastal regions of Australia. They live in woodlands and spend their nights gliding between trees and climbing in the foliage in search for their diet of tree sap, nectar, pollen, and invertebrates.
In the wild, sugar gliders are threatened by the clearing of their native woodland habitat by urban and agricultural development and by introduced predators including cats and foxes.