Thursday, April 16, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "N" IS FOR NUMBAT

Here is a little animal that I've never heard of. Have you?

The numbat is a small, colorful creature between 14 and 18 in long, including the tail. The color varies from soft gray to reddish-brown. A black stripe runs from the tip of the muzzle to the small, round-tipped ears.


These marsupials eat an exclusive diet of termites, up to 20,000 a day. They live in Australia and are on the Endangered List.


And here's a sweet baby numbat.
 

22 comments:

  1. What a sweet little thing. I love his stripes. So sad that so many of our creatures are endangered.

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    1. He is a cutie, Melanie. I know. Someday many of our precious little critters will no longer exist. Very sad.

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  2. I can't say I've heard of him before but he looks an interesting creature,
    Thanks for sharing.
    Yvonne.

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    1. He is an interesting little critter, Yvonne. You're welcome.

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  3. First I have heard of them too. They are cute and score one for eating those termites.

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    1. Yeah, Pat. They might be a cheaper way to get rid of termites. :)

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  4. So cute! I never knew they were so tiny.

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  5. That's a new one to me. From what I understand though, there are a lot of marsupials the rest of the world has never heard of.

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    1. You're right, Alex. As I've been researching animals I've found a lot I never heard of. It's been fun.

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  6. Oh what a sweet creature. I hope they find a way to preserve the species - plenty for them to eat.
    Thanks for sharing them with A to Z
    I'm at Moondustwriter

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    1. I hope they do too, Moonie. So many animals are endangered.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. This is what's so great about the #Challenge. Visiting other writers and finding this great looking blog. Uncluttered, easy to read. Congrats. If you have a few minutes come and visit and see what I'm up today. Today a post on Italy. I'll be watching for you.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Stepheny. I'm happy you like my blog. I'm having fun visiting new places too. Will hop over to yours in a few minutes.

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  8. Ahhhhh rat! It does look cute in that second picture, though.

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    1. Ha ha, Stephanie. The baby does resemble a rat. A numbat is a marsupial related to the kangaroo and koala. They don't have a pouch so the baby clings to the mommy's tummy until it's bigger.

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  9. Wow! Adorable even if it's a rat.

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    1. It is a cute little animal that looks like a rat, Donna. The numbat is actually a marsupial related to the kangaroo and koala. They don't have a pouch though so the baby has to cling to its mommy's tummy until it's bigger.

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  10. The baby numbat is so lovely.

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    1. I think so too, Romi. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I've never seen one of these. Beautiful little critter.

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    1. I haven't either, C Lee. I'm discovering a lot of new animals in my research. Lots of fun.

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