A SPOTTED tailed female quoll at the Ballarat Wildlife Park has suvived all odds after being rejected by its mum a year ago.
Flare was abandoned soon after she was born.
The carnivorous marsupial was hand-raised by dedicated staff at the park since she was 82 days old.
Ballarat Wildlife Park curator Julia Leonard said though Flare had just tuned a year old she had now started living independently.
“Flare is a real battler,” Ms Leonard said. “Flare was rejected from her mum’s pouch, when she was very small...and she developed an infection. She did survive but it was touch and go for a while.”
The credit, she said, had to be given to the staff who had dedicated themselves to rearing Flare.
“We had never hand-raised a carnivorous marsupial here at the park,” Ms Leonard said.
“Carers Paul Williams and Dana Jansen hand-raised her.They committed themselves for nearly a year to looking after her. They have done an excellent job.”
Flare, who was constantly with her carer is now in her own enclosure at the park.
“She is adjusting to her new surrounding,” Ms Leonard said. “She has got her security blanket...and comes up and says g’day to people at the (enclosure).”