Wombats are cute marsupials native to Australia. They sort of looks like a small bear with stubby legs and a stubby tail! They have powerful claws that are used to dig burrows. Their pouch faces backward – so when they dig, the babies don’t get covered in dirt!
They are nocturnal animals, and the mother gives birth to one baby usually in spring. In April, a man driving his car noticed a dead wombat on the side of the road. He got out to move the animal over so no one would swerve and lose control of their car when they saw her. That is when he noticed a baby wombat lying next to her.
It was a cold night, so he quickly picked up the tiny pink baby wombat and brought him to Wild About Wildlife in Kilmore, Victoria.
Lisa Milligan, who owns the nonprofit, named him Digger and started to see what she could do to help him.
Digger wasn’t in very good shape. When his mother was hit by a car and killed, he was left alone in the cold.
When he was brought in, he weighed less than a pound.
Here is Max, an orphaned kangaroo that calls the rescue home.
He seems curious about the new arrival. Max is shown here, um, helping? Maybe helping isn’t the right word!
Digger is growing stronger every day but still requires constant attention.
Digger enjoys his bottle and the attention! Max is ready to start showing Digger the ropes! Check out the amazing video of a sleeping wombat having a dream!