Orphaned baby wombat celebrates first birthday

Orphaned baby wombat celebrates first birthday

An orphaned wombat joey has celebrated her first birthday.

To celebrate, Lizzie, a resident at the Australian Reptile Park, was treated to a massive bouquet of fresh grass for her to munch on, along with a nice bottle of warm milk.

Lizzie also partied with her friend Ash the koala and was showered with lots of love from Keeper Tahrnia, receiving all the cuddles and scratches she could ever want.

After a long day of partying and doing 'zoomies', Lizzie was spotted curled up on Keeper Tahrnia's lap and having a snooze. Unfortunately, the cute joey didn't have an easy start to life.

Back in September, Lizzie was found in her mum's pouch by a passer-by on the side of the road after her mum was hit and killed by a car. Suddenly alone in the world, Lizzie was brought to the Australian Reptile Park where zookeeper Hayley Shute became her new carer and surrogate mum, providing the adorable wombat with around-the-clock care. The keepers named the wombat after Queen Elizabeth II - as a tribute to her strength.

Hayley said, "I cannot believe we're celebrating her first birthday today. When Lizzie first arrived, I really wasn't sure whether she'd make it but I'm so glad to see her thriving and she's just growing up so fast! I can't wait to see how she goes over the next few months. Fingers crossed, we will soon have the chance to release her back into the wild."

For now, Lizzie will remain at the Australian Reptile Park for roughly 12 months. At this stage, it will be decided if she is strong enough to be released into the wild.