On This Day 22 September
By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-09-22
In 1735 Sir Robert Walpole became the first PM to live at 10 Downing Street; in 1831 the first drawing of a numbat was made; in 1958 Andrea Bocelli was born; in 1991 the Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time and in 1994 Friends aired for the first time on NBC
Myrmecobius fasciatus - or numbats as they are known are native to Australia
It was first recorded by George Fletcher Moore in 1831 as he and a group were exploring the Avon Valley in Western Australia. He said:
"Saw a beautiful animal; but, as it escaped into the hollow of a tree, could not ascertain whether it was a species of squirrel, weasel, or wild cat..."
"chased another little animal, such as had escaped from us yesterday, into a hollow tree, where we captured it; from the length of its tongue, and other circumstances, we conjecture that it is an ant-eater—its colour yellowish, barred with black and white streaks across the hinder part of the back; its length about twelve inches."
They extended as far as New South Wales and were assumed to be wiped out following the introduction of the European Red Fox in the 19th century.
Efforts were undertaken to preserve the species and since the 1980s their numbers have been increasing, although it still remains at risk of extinction and is classified as an endangered species. Perth Zoo are involved in their breeding and subsequent releasing into the wild.
Other events on this day
- 1735: Robert Walpole became the first "Prime Minister" to live at 10 Downing Street
- 1831: first European drawing of a numbat
- 1958: Andrea Bocelli was born
- 1991: The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time
- 1994: Friends first aired on NBC