Pygmy possums go hungry in face of global warming


No one likes to wake up early, especially against their will. Sometimes, in fact, this can even be dangerous.

Case in point, Australia's pygmy possum, which is waking up from hibernation a month earlier than usual thanks to the warmer weather brought on by climate change. Unfortunately, waking up a month early means that the possum's normal food of choice, the bogong moth, is nowhere to be found.

The lack of food increases the amount of time the possum spends away from shelter, thus increasing the likelihood of predation. They also have trouble generating the fat necessary to hibernate through the winter, and face fire in the summer as their territory becomes even drier.

Previously believed to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1966, the pygmy possum remains critically endangered, and its numbers are currently at record lows.

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