The Northern Brown bandicoot is the most common species of bandicoot in the Sydney area and is known to visit suburban backyards. The bandicoot is a thickset marsupial with distinctive small eyes that are set close together atop a plump, round head and short flat ears.
They are often seen on the street, hopping down tree-lined avenues or across open grassland. However, these animals' presence in urban areas has brought about some concern that they may be negatively impacting other native species of wildlife. The bandicoot is not an endangered species but their numbers have dropped around Sydney over the past few years. It has been projected that they will be extinct within fifty years if the population continues to decline at this rate.
Bandicoots are commonly hit by cars or attacked by dogs.
• Anyone finding a sick, injured, or orphaned bandicoot should immediately contact a licensed carer as these animals have highly specialised needs. The animal’s fate often depends on them receiving expert attention as soon as possible.
• If found near a road, ensure your own safety whenever stopping. Remove bodies from the road to reduce the risk of further injury to humans or other wildlife.
• If you find an injured bandicoot, contain it. Beware of sharp claws and teeth when handling adult animals.
• Stress is a major factor in the death of all marsupials. Try to keep at least the head of any injured animal covered with a towel or blanket. Wrap in a towel or pillowcase, place in a covered carry cage or box, and take to a vet as soon as possible.
• Check for life. If the animal is dead, check for a pouch. There may be live joeys in there. Bandicoots can have several young at once.
• If an injured or dead female is found to have young, please place her in a pillowcase or towel and take the mum with baby to a vet or contact your local wildlife group. Keep them warm.
• Do not attempt to give any food or water.