These Adorable Pictures Will Make You Want To Adopt A Baby Wombat

Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats are MUCH cuter than their name suggests.

1. Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, introduced a new arrival today.

2. Meet Sydney, the second Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey born at the zoo in three years.

3. The female joey has just begun venturing outside her mother Korra’s pouch at eight months old, to the delight of keepers and visitors.

4. Sydney is named after the city of her birth (clever huh?)

5. She was kind of sleepy.

6. Ever so slighty shy.

7. But pretty delighted to be exploring the great outdoors.

8. “If I just hide behind this grass, no one will see me.”

9. Keeper Brett Finlayson said the birth was particularly exciting as Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats are notoriously difficult to breed.

“Compatibility and timing seem to be crucial ingredients for success, as the female is only receptive to the male for a 12 hour window. Korra and our male, Noojee, have proven to be a great pairing as this is their second joey in three years,” said Finlayson.
Keepers first began seeing movement in Korra’s pouch about three months after mating. “We didn’t know for sure that we’d been successful until we saw a little foot pop out of the pouch,” said Finlayson.

10. The smallest of Australia’s three wombat species, the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat gets its name from the hairs that cover its rhinarium – the moist, naked surface around the nostrils of the nose.

11. According to her keeper, “Sydney still sleeps very close to her mum, but she’s starting to get more adventurous each day and it looks like she’ll be an energetic little one.”

12. Adopt your favourite animal from Taronga Zoo here (sadly, you can’t take it home)

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Simon Crerar is founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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