Not what Annette expected when she looked in her fireplace
WIRES Northern Rivers and an astute local resident have saved the life of a sugar glider.
The animal rescue organisation posted on their Facebook page that local woman Annette returned home after six weeks away and to her surprise found this adult female sugar glider inside her fireplace.
She contacted WIRES straight away.
WIRES said the glider was dehydrated and very thin, and they were unsure of how long she had been trapped inside the fireplace.
"She was given much needed fluid and glider food, and over the coming days started to feel a lot better, energy returned and after exactly one week in care she was brought back to Annette's property," the Facebook post read.
"WIRES volunteer Jeanette opened the carrier where the glider was patiently waiting, and held it high next to a tree in the garden.
"The glider sniffed the air and slowly ventured out.
"Next thing the gliders hesitation disappeared, she realised she was home and she quickly leapt from the carrier up onto the tree trunk, where she took off and gild across to the next tree, from there to the next one in line, once there she took off into the tree top.
"Gliders such as this are territorial, they know where their home is located, they also know that other gliders do not tolerate intrusion in their territory.
"Thank you Annette for calling WIRES, allowing our volunteer to nurse this beautiful Glider back to health and return her to her home somewhere in your garden.
"She will in return act as insect control and keep your trees free from lerps and galls which is part of her food supply."