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Glider joey finds surrogate mum at Taronga

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

A 10-week-old yellow-bellied glider has found a surrogate mum at Taronga Zoo after being rescued from a collision with a barbed-wire fence.

The mother suffered a major tear in her gliding membrane and other injuries after becoming entangled in a barbed-wire fence on the Central Coast with the joey still inside her pouch.

She stopped producing milk, forcing zoo staff to step in to care for the joey.

Taronga vet nurse Felicity Evans has looked after the as yet unnamed joey around the clock, carrying a makeshift pouch and feeding her six times a day from a dessert spoon.

"She gets really excited about food and can be quite a messy eater," Ms Evans said.

"She'll grab hold of the spoon and pull it down so she ends up with milk all over her paws and stomach. I have to carefully clean her fur afterwards and wipe off her little milk moustache."

The joey, who has grown from 48 grams to 80 grams in the past two weeks, will remain in care for another few months.

The mother will also remain at Taronga.

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