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Broad-toed Feathertail Glider

Acrobates frontalis


The Feathertail Glider is the world's smallest gliding possum, and can leap and glide up to 25m. The second and third shots in this series show its flat feathery tail, for which it is named.


Open pine forest.


My husband Nathan (NathBig), a qualified Fauna Spotter/Catcher, rescued this one from a tree that was felled during roadworks near Yuleba. It was snuggled inside an abandoned bird nest. As it is a nocturnal animal, Nathan waited until after dark to release it back into the wild close to where it was rescued (see shots 5 & 6). Update 7/11/14 - Scientific name changed from Acrobates pygmaeus to A. frontalis and common name updated after locating new information re the identification of two separate Acrobates subspecies in the recently published 'Field Companion to the Mammals of Australia' (edited by Steve Van Dyck, Ian Gynther and Andrew Baker).

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25 Comments (1–25)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Great news... and still 'cute as'

ShannaB 8 years ago

Updated information due to reclassification as a separate subspecies.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

This is brilliant. Nice rescue, and awesome photos of this wonderful little guy.

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Great work Shanna

surekha 9 years ago

Adorable little one! ....And such a cute tail! Thanks for sharing, ShannaB!

KarenL 9 years ago

Fun fact: this adorable little creature is a feathertail glider, a tiny marsupial whose scientific name, Acrobates pygmaeus, provides a clue to its amazing ability of gliding up to 25 meters. It gets its common name from the feather-like structure of its tail, which is unique among mammals.

MIAH 9 years ago

So cute!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

I love you guys. What a great job you do. Fantastic!

RiekoS 9 years ago

What a wonderful team and thank you so much for sharing all to us.

NathBig 9 years ago

Thanks everyone, this is why I do what i do, makes it all worthwhile when you get to save something like this.

Arya 9 years ago

Awesome job you guys! This is a awesome find and rescue all in one. I got excited when I saw this, thanks!

KarenSaxton 9 years ago

This is very cool.

AshleyT 9 years ago

You can take part of the credit, Shanna. After all, Nathan is your "better half" ;)

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thank you, everyone. I can't take any credit for the rescue - Nath rescued it while at work (that's his job!!) but I went with him to release it. Such a beautiful little creature. We have heard from other wildlife catchers/carers that they can be really 'bitey', but this one was lovely.

kdpicturemaker 9 years ago

Well done to both you and Nathan, Shanna! We have these little lovelies here as well, although it is rare I see them. Hard to imagine a mammal so small - so special.

staccyh 9 years ago

This is adorable! Top marks to both of you for rescuing this cutie pie.

MartinL 9 years ago

Very, very cute!! I once found a healthy one trapped in a plastic bucket, it wrapped its tiny tail around my little finger. I wonder how common they really are.

AshleyT 9 years ago

This might be the cutest mammal I have ever seen! So glad Nathan saved it :)

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 9 years ago

amazing spotting and wonderful story! :)

RiekoS 9 years ago

Adorable and very nice series. How lucky this little one to appear in front of you both. Thank you so much for sharing.

Wow !more cute is impossible:-) ,great story,congrats and thanks for sharing

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thanks Maria! Mark, they are pretty elusive. This is the first time I've ever seen one. According to Wildlife Queensland, "feathertail gliders spend up to 87% of their time in trees at heights greater than 15 metres making them the most cryptic and rarely seen of all the glider species".

alicelongmartin 9 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Wow must see some in the wild.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Wonderful series and thanks to you and Nathan for rescuing these tiny beauty!

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QLD, Australia

Spotted on Jan 24, 2014
Submitted on Jan 24, 2014

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