View Full Version : Meet a Pademelon

Mad Aussie
03-27-2009, 02:15 AM
Pademelon's are small marsupials found in dense bushland and rainforests in our area. They stand about 60cm (2 feet) tall and are very much like a small Wallaby or Kangaroo. They are usually quite shy and the only view you often get is their butt as they hop into the bush where rabbits would be afraid to go!

This one however, saw us walking up a trail and showed little fear allowing me to carefully and gently get to about 3 metres from it.

Cute little fella's ...




03-27-2009, 02:39 AM
Very cool!

03-27-2009, 06:00 AM
Very nice pictures, the flash shadows bothers me a little,butis ok

03-27-2009, 08:55 AM
Very cool. Are these animals very timid or no? It looks like it would be, but at the same time, it seems like it would act like the squirrels do as well. Just wondering because generally, wild mammals or marsupials do not let you get close before running away here.

03-27-2009, 09:06 AM
The first one, with its tiny little paws made me go "Awww." Mainly because I thought it was a baby kangaroo or something (before I read the post). Then in all the other ones, it looked like a rat to me :p Pretty much took the cuteness out of it for me. You got some cool animals down there, MA! I'm surprised you haven't been mauled yet:rolleyes:

03-27-2009, 09:16 AM
how cute!!!!:)

03-27-2009, 10:56 AM
nice shootin

Mad Aussie
03-27-2009, 02:50 PM
Thanks all.
Again being rainforest it was very dark. In places it was so dark you had to give your eyes time to adjust ... hence so much flash work in these photos.

JJ, yes they are timid as I mentioned in my first post. I've never been able to get this close to one before. Roo's and wallabies are easy if they used to people but pademelons usually don't seem to get trusting at all.

Gem, definitely not related to rats ... they are part of the marsupial family of macropods which of course includes kangaroos and wallabies. So there you go ... you can love him again. ;)