Stowaway’s adventures cut short

Another Arnhem rock rat has just shown itself in a Mary River Ranger Station backyard. At least that one was close to its stone country home.

Another Arnhem rock rat has just shown itself in a Mary River Ranger Station backyard. At least that one was close to its stone country home.

Kakadu rangers were recently called to Jabiru Airport to retrieve a nuisance rat that had been chewing buttons on a GPS, the cushions on earphones and general paperwork – not to mention stealing biscuit packets and muesli bars stashed for hungry pilots!

The final straw came when it started chewing expensive coffee table books on sale in the airport shop. With the help of some traps and remote cameras our rangers caught the perpetrator and identified it as an Arnhem rockrat.

He obviously hadn’t read the guide book which says his family are restricted to boulder piles and escarpments of Arnhemland where it is ‘occasionally locally common’. These little fellas are listed as a threatened species and have a swollen tail where they store fat.

The rumour that he travelled by car to the airport as a stow away with plans of continuing his holiday by plane to an unknown destination is unconfirmed.

He was released in the rocks near East Alligator Ranger Station where they are known to be locally common.

Anne, Kakadu National Park

 

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