It seems that I have got a bandicoot in my garden! On the one hand, I am thrilled about this, because that is an endangered native animal that has decided that my yard is a safe place. We don’t have a dog, and our cats are kept indoors at all times, so that would be two ticks in our favour with this little critter.
On the other hand, I am kind of worried that at some point, I am going to put my foot in one of his many holes and do myself an injury! Mind you, I have never actually seen the Bandicoot itself. Only the holes in the lawn where the little digger has been, and the occasional hollowed out mandarin when they’re in season.
I had been puzzled by these small, conical holes in the lawn and mentioned them a couple of times to Sandra, but finally got to show her one, today. She said that her parents always said Bandicoots dug in the lawn like that, and a little bit of research tonight has proven that theory correct.
It’s kind of cool to think that there’s a bandicoot in my yard. I’d love to catch a glimpse of it, but they are very shy, nocturnal creatures, long gone before I am awake and moving around the yard in the morning. I will just have to content myself with seeing the evidence of their passing through –and get used to putting my seedling pots up out of reach. I suspect that this little critter has been pinching my nasturtium seeds, hence why the last two lots I have planted failed to germinate!