George the wombat turns one, warms hearts again

Awwwww... George the orphaned baby wombat—practically the walking definition of 'cute'—has turned one, an event marked by a new
Awwwww... George the orphaned baby wombat—practically the walking definition of 'cute'—has turned one, an event marked by a new viral video

An orphan baby wombat who warmed the hearts of the world in a viral Facebook video viewed 40 million times has turned one, with his latest exploits also proving a huge hit.

George was still in his mum's pouch when she was hit and killed by a car last year. Luckily, a passer-by found the scared animal and delivered him to the Australian Reptile Park near Sydney.

It was there that general manager Tim Faulkner became his new "fill-in" family, providing him with the milk he needed and the cuddles he craved.

A video of George following Faulkner around, getting his tummy rubbed and chewing his sock became a massive social media hit and the park has now recreated it to mark his first birthday.

Since being posted on Tuesday evening, the new footage has already been viewed nearly 900,000 times, with the furry marsupial now fatter and bigger but still loving the attention.

"It's always hit and miss with these little orphans. It's hard to know if they've been exposed to disease, are malnourished or even injured in the accident," said Faulkner.

"He has pulled through like a true champion. I'm so proud of the Australian ambassador George has become. Australian wildlife needs all the help it can get and George has stolen everyone's heart, again!"

George is a Common Wombat, which is not a threatened species in Australia. The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat are classified as endangered.

Milking it: The Australian Reptile Park, which offered a home to George after his mother died has released a new video of the ad
Milking it: The Australian Reptile Park, which offered a home to George after his mother died has released a new video of the adorable little critter

Explore further

Sad wombat who warmed hearts dies in Australia

© 2017 AFP

Citation: George the wombat turns one, warms hearts again (2017, July 12) retrieved 21 October 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-george-wombat-hearts.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more