Autumn 24

WILBUR, THE WOMBAT WHO LOVES ZOOMIES

Share:

Eight-month-old Wilbur the wombat is living proof of how important it is to check the pouch of any marsupial that’s been hit by a car. A thoughtful passer-by thought she saw flutterings in the wombat mother’s pouch. She looked inside, and there was a tiny joey.

He was brought to the Australian Reptile Park where he was put on round-the-clock feeds under the care of keeper Seleena de Gelder who named him Wilbur.

During the daytime, he has started to meet visitors during Wombat Encounters and seems to love anyone who gives him pats and cuddles.

His feeding times coincide with another Reptile Park joey, Albert, and they have become firm friends. What they don’t seem to realise though, as they feast on their bottles side by side, is that Albert is a tree-hugging koala, while Wilbur is very much a ground-hugging wombat! It’s confusing having a dinner mate who’s also a grey furry marsupial … but different.

Albert (left) and Wilbur are growing up fast.


Like many a child, cheeky Wilbur puts off the bedtime hour at Seleena’s house at night by doing energetic zoomies around the furniture and between Seleena’s feet, click-clacking a racket on the floorboards with his long nails. We suspect it’s inevitable – wombats are mainly nocturnal and Wilbur most likely thinks he’s in training for the night-time foraging he’ll be doing once he’s independent enough to be released back into the wild.

You can see Wilbur and Albert at the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast. reptilepark.com.au

Share:

More articles

The Central Coast is home to a MAJOR INDIGENOUS COLLECTION

Unbeknown to many people, the Central Coast houses
an extensive and valuable Indigenous art collection
located in the Central Coast Clinical School and Research
Institute adjacent to Gosford Hospital. It was established
in collaboration with the Central Coast Local Health
District and the University of Newcastle. Gillean Shaw, the University’s Art Curator, had the privilege of sourcing and curating the collection.

Read More »

KIDS’ PARTIES (without the clean-up afterward

THERE ARE SO MANY INCREDIBLE SPOTS FOR YOU TO HOST YOUR YOUNG ADVENTURER’S BIRTHDAY PARTY ACROSS THE COAST. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN A PLAY CENTRE, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER. THESE SPOTS ARE GUARANTEED TO CREATE UNFORGETTABLE BIRTHDAY MEMORIES, WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO CLEAN-UP AFTERWARDS!

Read More »