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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6

19. Bettongia rufescens. — Rufous Bettongia. — Kangaroo Rat

19. Bettongia rufescens.

Rufous Bettongia.

Kangaroo Rat.

This animal, so common in the neighbourhood of Sydney, has not been observed by me to the westward of the Murrumbidgee, where Bettongia penicillata appears to take its place. Not a single specimen was procured by the natives during my stay at the Darling Junction; so that I have no doubt about the extent of its range. This animal is easily tamed, and I have kept a young one about the size of a large rat for several weeks. The little animal often followed me upon my excursions, seeking shelter upon the approach of danger by creeping between my boots and trousers.

Only one young is brought forth in June, though the pouch contains 4 teats. The flesh of this animal is also very palatable.