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Growing Grateful Children

Vulu of The Day

A way to practice gratitude and stay connected everyday~

Vulu for the Western Barred Bandicoot~

Shelly LaVigne

It’s Vulu time, a time to appreciate all that connects us and know that you are loved.

Let's get your Vulu Angels or anything else you like to hold and find a comfortable position on your bed where you can lie back, relax, and listen with a quiet mind.

Hold your Vulu Angel next to your heart, take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale out of your mouth.

Ok, one more deep breath.

Say this with me….”I am love ~ I have all the love I need in my heart.”

Today we are vulu for the Western Barred Bandicoot ~

The western barred bandicoot lives on Bernier and Dorre Islands off the western coast of Australia. The species was thought to have gone extinct, but the populations of these two islands were discovered in the 1970s.

In its former range, the western barred bandicoot occupied semi-arid and arid areas on plains and sand ridges with woodlands, as well as open bush plains, dense scrub and heathland. Now, the preferred habitat appears to be sand hills, grasslands and scrublands.

This small marsupial has light brown-grey fur fading to white fur on the belly, as well as on the feet. It has alternating paler and darker bars across the hindquarters. As with all bandicoots, the ears are large and the snout is long and pointed. The tail is also long, making up almost a third of the total length. The pouch faces backwards as this prevents dirt from entering when they dig.

Primarily a solitary species, the western barred bandicoot tends to occupy a nest alone. The nest is constructed in a scrape and is lined with leaves. The entrance is concealed from predators and this nocturnal animal will spend the day sleeping in it. Usually individuals will fight when they encounter others, but occasionally two bandicoots will nest together.

Mating occurs in autumn and winter and just 12 days later a litter of between one and three tiny young is born. This is one of the shortest gestation periods of any mammal. The young remain in the pouch to suckle and develop further for 45 – 60 days, and by 80 days they come out to play.

This species is omnivorous and will find insects, seeds, roots, herbs and small invertebrates by digging.

Let's take a moment to connect to the western barred bandicoot. Imagine yourself as one taking a rest in your nest while you hug your Vulu angel and send VululuV to them. Remember we are all connected and the love you give is returned to go ahead and give all the VululuV you can today.

Now take a moment to think about something dusty you are especially vulu for today~ 

VululuV to you, the western barred bandicoot and to all~

The LaVigne family~