WE'RE looking at a young Tasmanian Bettong: a timid creature with feet far too big for its furry little body.
And, unbeknownst to the three-month old specimen, this mid-afternoon adventure has the potential to save thousands of other orphans like her.
Having founded Tasmania's only 24-hour wildlife rescue service five years ago, Brighton's Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is pushing to build the state's first native wildlife hospital.
Funds are building steadily as word of the new venture spreads, with renowned wildlife photographer Alex Cearns arriving on site last week to help boost the project.
Ms Cearns, who runs Houndstooth Studios in Western Australia, has built her name through pro-bono work with animal welfare and rescue organisations around the world.
Similar to her work with RSPCA Western Australia, Animal Aid Abroad and Animals Australia, Ms Cearns snapped a range of cute critters at Bonorong for the sanctuary to use in promotional and fund-raising material.
Bonorong business manager Donna Mathews said the need for a native animal hospital in Tasmania was obvious, with the sanctuary receiving 5000 calls for injured wildlife over the past year.
``The thing is, the stress of being in a regular clinic, next to cats and dogs . . . it can kill native wildlife,'' Mrs Mathews said.
``The mere smell or sense of domestic animals can kill native wildlife through stress.
``But often vets have no choice but to put them in facilities together, because there are no places dedicated for natives.''
Ms Cearns said she was enamoured by Tasmanian wildlife, having made various trips to the state since 2007.
In August she attended the Brightside Farm Sanctuary's Voices for Animals fund-raising gala, and said she plans to head to the Tarkine on another expedition early in 2014.
``I do a lot of shoots, and Tassie is incredible, it has stuff that the rest of the country does not,'' she said.
``If I can capture these animals just right, and make people see how amazing they are, then my job is done.''
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