You’ve heard the saying dog is man’s best friend, but here in Australia, a wombat named George is proving otherwise.
George is an 8-month-old wombat who is absolutely smitten with his caretaker, Tim Faulkner. Faulkner is the general manager at the Australian Reptile Park, a zoo located in New South Wales, which took George in when he became an orphan.
At just four months old, George was in his mother’s pouch when they were hit by a car. George’s mother was killed. A woman who stopped to help found George alive in his mother’s pouch.
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George’s rescuer brought him to the park, which is home to both native Australian animals and a variety of reptiles from around the world.
Key to his survival are bottles of milk, belly rubs, and lots of playtime with Faulkner.
"George needs to be bottle-fed every four or five hours," Amanda Woodbine, the marketing coordinator for the Australian Reptile Park, told The Dodo. "Because of this he needs to go home with his carer, Tim Faulkner, every night. George will sleep in a mock-pouch sewn by some lovely members of the public."
Video of this unlikely duo has melted hearts around the world. George is like Tim’s shadow, chasing after him as he runs around the park or hurriedly rushing down steps to stay close to his pal.
And though George has become a bit of a celebrity at the Australian Reptile Park, the team says he will be re-released into the wild when he is strong enough to survive on his own.
Image credit: Australian Reptile Park