Yellow-footed Antechinus, Mullengandra NSW
This footage was taken by Sam Niedra (Nature Conservation Trust) amongst roadside remnant vegetation (Box Gum Grassy Woodland) west of Mullengandra in southern NSW (Australia). The small animal is a Yellow-footed Antechinus, a very cute marsupial which was hiding in a small hollow at the base of a remnant White Box (Eucalyptus albens). The species isn’t listed as being threatened, however it's still not that common to see one by chance. An interesting aspect about Antechinus is that the males get a little enthusiastic during mating season, so much so that the male population effectively dies of exhaustion leaving the females to raise the next generation. The advantage is that the limited resources (food, habitat) are devoted to the females to carry out this important evolutionary function.