Flying Possum Is Indonesia's New Pet Craze

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Every Sunday morning, a community of exotic pet lovers in Jakarta brings their sugar gliders out for a couple of hours of socializing. Sugar gliders are the latest exotic pet to fascinate Indonesians.

This tiny possum can be found in the wild in some of Indonesia's eastern islands, as well as in Australia and Papua New Guinea. They can glide like a flying squirrel using flaps of skin under their arms and legs to leap from branch to branch. Sugar gliders demand a lot of inter action, including hand feeding and plenty of playtime.

They are also nocturnal by nature, so it takes special training to get them to socialize during the day. It is also important to know that the sugar gliders often bite their owners.

But, she says, their bite is not known to be dangerous or severe. It is because of these considerations and because they are mostly taken from the wild that some animal experts say they are wary about keeping them as pets.

The Indonesian community of sugar glider owners has over five-thousand members in 13 places across the country.

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