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Monday, August 8, 2011

Shrek the orphaned wombat tries to keep warm without fur


In the pink: Shrek the orphaned Wombat keeps warm at Kilmore Wildlife rescue centre near Melbourne, Australia

Britain may be sweltering under summer heat but down under it's winter time. So spare a thought for poor furless wombat Shrek, who has to rely on cosy blankets to keep warm.

The youngster is currently being cared for by staff at the Kilmore Wildlife rescue service near Melbourne in Victoria.

Recently the centre has been inundated with young injured animals as shorter winter days mean cars and critters are often on the road at the same time.

Cuddled up: With no fur, Shrek enoys being wrapped in a blanket

Shrek is just one of 11 young animals to be rescued in recent weeks after her mother was killed by a car.

She will now be brought up by wildlife volunteers for two years until she can be released.

But she can take heart from the story of another hairless wombat also called Shrek, who lost most of his hair from stress after being orphaned.

That Shrek was cared for by staff at the Maryknoll Wildlife Shelter in Melbourne and was quickly put on the road to recovery.

Fur enough: A common wombat dressed as nature intended

The follically-challenged young wombat had lost most of his hair from stress after being orphaned.

Vets in Healesville, Australia, gave him the nickname after noticing a green hue to his skin after he had been brought in for medical attention.

Shrek's hair loss and odd colour were put down to a fungal condition brought about by poor diet and stress from losing his mother.

source: dailymail


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