Once found in the rainforests of Tasmania little is known of this koala-sized marsupial and its behavior. Only a few were ever observed in the wild by the scientific community during the nineteenth century. The only specimen skin collected (1883) was destroyed by the collector’s dog while the hide was pegged to the cabin wall to dry. It is speculated that it was an insectivore but a several records found in old farming diaries mention that the benet was observed eating if not gorging on the wild Tasmanian purple apple berry, Billardiera longiflora, during the autumn and winter. Given that few fruits are available throughout the year insects are assumed to have made up the large majority of its diet between the fruiting seasons. Various scientific expeditions over the past one hundred years have failed to observe the Southern benet. This does not suggest the benet is extinct but the chances of a future discovery are slight. (Fiction)
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