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Woman is shocked to find three mysterious animals cuddled up in her dog's bed

A woman was shocked to discover three cute little visitors snuggled together in her dog’s bed.

Woman Is Shocked To Find Three Cute Mysterious Animals Cuddled Up In Her Dog's Bed

Emma Jane Kidd had stooped down to get a better look at the bed belonging to her dog, Merlin, when she saw three frightened babies using the bed as a warm, safe place to avoid the winds raging outside.

The woman soon discovered that the animals are quendas, also known as southern brown bandicoots, a marsupial native to southwestern and southern Australia.

Startled by Kidd and her dog investigating the bed, the mother quenda dashed away, leaving her month-old babies all alone.

Kidd quickly called the Darling Range Wildlife Shelter for help, and, soon enough, the babies were in good hands.

“Quendas commonly live in yards and local bushlands,” a representative from Darling Range Wildlife Shelter told The Dodo. “It's not unusual to see them if you live in the hills. But these quendas making a nest in a dog's bed on the house veranda is very unusual.”

The shelter posted about the surprising babies on their Facebook page in an effort to raise awareness about what to do if you find these animals in need.

“They aren't dogs!” the shelter wrote. “The triplets are now in care with us and are expected to grow nice and healthy.”

On Wednesday, the woman's discovery continued to draw hundreds of likes and dozens of comments on Facebook.

In the comments section, some users shared their thoughts on the animals.

“Grow strong & healthy little ones, sad they were separated from their mumma,” one user wrote.

“Delightful little babies – it is so important to keep them safe,” another commented.

“Once mom ran off, was there no chance of reuniting her with babies?” a third user asked.

“We have had cases where quenda mothers will return and collect their young, and we have also replaced the detached pouch young in the mother's pouch when possible. However in this case mother was too startled to come back to the dog bed and reunion was not possible,” Darling Range Wildlife Shelter replied.

Woman discovers three cute little Quendas in dog bed

The quendas will remain at the shelter until they’re big enough to survive on their own, at which point they will be released back into the wild.

Shelter staff emphasized the importance of seeking professional help for wildlife rather than keeping a wild animal or trying to rehabilitate them yourself. This situation is a perfect example of helping wild creatures the right way.

“[Animals] need to be taken to licensed wildlife rehabilitators ASAP and not kept by members of the public,” the shelter representative said.

The quendas, once scared and alone, now have all the help they need to be able to return to the bushland where they belong.

With just one phone call, Kidd made sure these babies got the life they deserved.