After months of recuperating at the Australian Reptile Park, Poppy thewombat begins her journey to return to the wild.
Arriving in late 2021 and weighing just 3kg, Poppy arrived after her motherwas hit by a car and she was found on the side of the road.
The little wombat was nursed back to health receiving round-the-clock carefrom the loving keepers at the Central Coast wildlife park, and soon became aviral sensation with videos of Poppy amassing over three million views onsocial media.
Hewin Hochkins, Head Mammals Keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said theyare sad to see Poppy go, who has such a beautiful personality and loves acuddle.
“It was really hard saying goodbye to her, but I know that she’s in good handsat Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue. They’ll be there every step of the way to guideher back to living life as a wild wombat.
“Thanks to Poppy and her rise to fame, she was a huge ambassador to Australianwildlife. It is so important for Australians and international audiences tosee just how glorious our native wildlife is – Australia has the fastestmammal extinction rate in the world. Australian wildlife needs this kind ofexposure to help people fall in love wildlife so they can join us by helpingprotect it.”
Poppy is now living at Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue, where she is currentlyresiding in a large enclosure before she will eventually be released into asafe, semi-wild habitat and able to live out her little wombat life.
Image: Australian Reptile Park
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