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Wombat joey makes incredibly cute entrance into the world

SHE was born on New Year's Day but Australia Zoo's new wombat joey has only recently taken her first look at the world.

The healthy baby girl has spent the past nine months growing inside her mother Poa's pouch, and has already developed an independent streak handed down from her grandmother Minibus.

Weighing in at 2.6kg, the joey has begun perfecting her speedy running style, and developed a taste for sweet potato.

Bindi Irwin, like the rest of the Australia Zoo team, is smitten.

"We're thrilled to announce that we have an adorable new addition to our wombat family; it's safe to say we're all totally in love here at Australia Zoo," she said.

"This little girl has only just come out of the pouch in the last couple of weeks and is super cuddly and soft. She's lapping up all the attention from her loving keepers and all of us here who've met her.

"At the moment she's doing what every baby does - eating, sleeping and getting used to her surroundings but she'll eventually be out and about with our other wombats for visitors at the zoo to see."

Ms Irwin said updates on the wombat's progress and naming would be posted on the zoo's social media pages.

Over the coming weeks the new wombat will meet other adult wombats at the zoo and explore potential new burrows.

 

Bindi Irwin, just like the rest of the team at Australia Zoo, is smitten with the new wombat joey.
Bindi Irwin, just like the rest of the team at Australia Zoo, is smitten with the new wombat joey. Australia Zoo

WOMBAT FACTS

  • Wombats are born the size of jelly beans and mature inside their mother's pouch.
  • During the past 13 years six wombat joeys have been born and raised at Australia Zoo as part of the common wombat breeding program.

Topics:  australia zoo bindi irwin general-seniors-news wombat



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