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    Default Wombat with depression just needed extra love

    Down-in-dumps wombat drops weight, just needed hugs

    ALEXIS GILLHAM | April 14th, 2011


    .article-image { display: none; } STAR OF THE SHOW: Donna Kilpatrick, 16, and Jayden Doevendans, 16, indulge Tonka the wombat who became depressed | Photos: MEGAN TAYLOR



    WOMBAT Tonka is living proof it takes time to heal a broken heart. The two-year-old Billabong Sanctuary star has only just recovered after Cyclone Yasi forced him to live for eight weeks without the cuddles and pats he had become so accustomed to.
    Shedding 20 per cent of his body weight after the storm, staff at Billabong Sanctuary spared no expense in vet checks and lab bills as they tried to work out the cause of the mysterious illness.
    Brett Flemming said after "forking out some serious cash" they found the problem.
    "Tonka was hand-reared by one of our rangers and normally spends a good part of his day with people," he said.
    "At Billabong he is the star. Everyone wants to visit Tonka.
    "After the cyclone he missed the public - the patting, the photos, the cuddles and the endless posing for the paparazzi."
    But Tonka wasn't the only one requiring a lot of attention after Cyclone Yasi, the popular tourist destination also suffered under the wild winds. Now, after shutting the doors to the public for an extended period the park is ready to re-open the gates this Saturday in time for the school holidays.
    "For eight weeks we have had two people working full-time with chainsaws," Mr Flemming said.
    "The park is 25 acres (10.12ha) of heavily wooded billabong and we we had 25-30 per cent of it destroyed.
    "It looks really different after the clean-up but a good different.
    "The gardens look really fresh."
    Until June 20, adults will be admitted at children's prices.
    That's just $19 per adult, a saving of $11 over the regular price.
    Club Billabong members will also have their membership extended by the length of time we had to remain closed. Revised opening times will be 9am till 4pm. The back part of the park will remain closed, and the "schedule of feeding shows" has been modified slightly.
    Down-in-dumps wombat drops weight, just needed hugs | Townsville Bulletin News
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    I saw my first ever live wombat at Taronga Zoo, in Sydney. It looked like a humongous rat. They seemed pretty docile, but zoo goers were warned that they bite.

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    Gross.
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    I'd hug him, he's gorgeous

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    aww i think wombats are adorable.
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    It's like a rodenty koala, I'd let him sleep in my bed.
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    What a cutie! Aw.

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    Cute but can give a decent bite.
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    Cute little guy, I am glad he feels better.

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    Aww, I want to hold him. I LOVE wombats. They are so cute.

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    I love them too. They're so fat but boy can they move when they need to. A wombat outran our car when we were at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

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    Poor little fella. He just wanted cuddles!!

    *sniff*

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    How adorable! I used to think that my German shepherd looked like a wombat! This makes me love him even more.
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