On Australia's Kangaroo Island, a rare and tiny pygmy possum has been spotted for the first time since its habitat was mostly destroyed in bushfires that charred about half the island. "There's only really been 113 formal records of the species [ever on Kangaroo Island]," fauna ecologist Pat Hodgens described. At 7 grams, the miniature marsupial -- known as "the world's smallest possum" -- is a difficult species to find and study. Conservation group Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife found the small mammal earlier this week during a larger recovery effort as a welcome relief in the aftermath of devastating bushfires last summer.

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