Australian bandicoot

   The bandicoot lives in Australia and on nearby islands. The name "bandicoot" means "pig rat." But Australian bandicoots are neither pigs nor rats. Probably they got their name because they look like the bandicoot of India, which is a rat.
   Some Australian bandicoots are the size of big rabbits, but others are less than a foot long. Like their relatives the kanga­roos, they carry their babies in pouches.
   The bandicoots of Australia come to gardens at dusk to find food—plants and mice and insects. They are very energetic. There is a saying that whenever a bandicoot is awake it is busy. Bandicoots were once far more common than they are now.

Australian bandicoot (mammal)