This pademelon was so engrossed in having breakfast the other morning that I was able to get up nice and close and get a decent photo before he/she noticed me and hopped away.
I often see these lovely animals on my walks at the local wetlands in the early morning or late evening.
A few interesting facts about the pademelon
Common Name: Tasmanian pademelon (say it as “paddy-melon”)
Also Known As: Rufous wallaby
Scientific Name: Thylogale billardierii
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Habitat: Rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest
Diet: Herbs, green shoots, short grass
Predators: Tasmanian devils, spotted-tailed quolls, wedge-tailed eagles
Breeding: No specific breeding season however 70% of joeys are born in early winter; young stay in the pouch for 6 months and mature at 15 months; life span 5-6 years