23 Jun 2014 16:57:09
Meet Our Newest Star
A ten month-old bare-nosed baby wombat made his first appearance here at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Thursday and was welcomed to the family by our three Junior Conservationists.
The adorable furball named Ringo was found as an orphan and has been looked after by his keeper and surrogate mother, Erin Costelloe for the last three weeks. Erin feeds him the bottle every eight hours and puts him to sleep at night. For a nap during the day - when Ringo joins Erin to work - he climbs in a pillowcase that imitates a pouch.
"The orphan was adopted into the WILD LIFE family three weeks ago. At the moment I'm looking after him 24/7 as a baby wombat usually spends up to 18 months of its life with its mother. Sharing my apartment with Ringo has been a really fun experience. Ringo follows me everywhere we go", says Erin, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Keeper.
- Ringo is a Bare-nosed wombat. He is 10 months old and weighs 6 kg
- When he was found he was three months old and weighed 900g
- Baby wombats usually stay in the pouch for five months until they are around 3.5 to 6 kg
- Ringo loves human company and exploring his surroundings
- The size of the average adult bare-nosed wombat ranges from about 90 to 115 cm (length), 36 cm (height) and from 22 to 39 kg (weight)
- Their natural habitats are the coastal regions of south-east Australia and Tasmania
- Bare-nosed wombats are herbivorous, living off grass, snow tussocks and other plant materials. They usually forage during the night
Come visit WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo during the school holidays for your chance to meet baby wombat Ringo.