mate themselves to death!
I have to find this incredibly amusing as at the time of writing, I will soon be away on a camp performing trapping and monitoring surveys on other relatives of these guys! I may see them around.
Scientists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia have discovered two new species of antechinus the Tasman Peninsula Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus vandycki), which is found in Tasmania, and the Mainland Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii mimetes), which was formerly thought to be a subspecies and lives in eastern Australia.
These little guys spend 14 hours of the
day, every day for two to three weeks have been going on mating
rampages which they run around, fight with other males and try to
mate with as many females as possible ;)
Unfortuaelty, these little guys spend all their energy doing this they barley eat and become rattier looking everyday , before they eventually bite the dust. That is what I call, a beauitful death.
“Nine in 10 Australian mammal species are unique, yet they are vanishing before our very eyes,” said Baker, who adds that Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate anywhere on Earth. “Millions of native mammals likely fall victim every night to feral cats alone. Other introduced ferals, such as European foxes and poisonous cane toads, account for the deaths of millions more.These threats, together with global warming, fires and habitat loss, may cause local population extinctions of our unique mammals almost weekly.”
Which is terribly sad considering how
beautiful some of these animals are and what incredibly unique
functions they bring to their ecosystems.