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Monday, May 4, 2015

In Honor of the Princess's Birth, the Australian Government Will Donate Aus$10,000 (US$7,826) to a Victorian State Wildlife Sanctuary to Support Research into the Mountain Pygmy-Possum

Sydney, Australia -  The Australian Government sent a fine woolen blanket embroidered with yellow flowers to Britain's new princess. She will also be honored with a more unusual gift. A donation of Aus$10,000 (US$7,826), to support the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus), a rare possum, thought extinct until 1966.

Fervent Royalist Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool and stitched with the nation's floral emblem, the wattle, would be sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their new baby arrived on Saturday.

The donation amount of Aus$10,000 (US$7,826) will be sent to a Victorian state wildlife sanctuary to support research of the Mountain Pygmy-possum.

"The Mountain Pygmy-possum is Australia's only hibernating marsupial. There are fewer than 2,000 left in the wild," Abbott said of the endangered animal which can fit into the palm of a human hand and weighs only 45 grams.

The animal-themed gift chimes with Australia's presents to older brother George on his birth in 2013, when the baby prince was given a crocodile which hatched on the day his conception was announced.

The princess, who is fourth in line to the British throne, was born in London on Saturday, triggering global interest including in Australia where her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is head of state.

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