A B&B owner in Jindabyne, New South Wales, has taken in a baby wombat rescued from fires in Kosciuszko National Park in Australia’s Snowy Mountains, posting footage of the tiny animal feeding on January 10.
“This is Bubba Rosso,” Claire Charters, owner of the Jindy Inn, told Storyful.
The tiny creature was rescued by firefighters. “His mum had been hit when they evacuated the park due to the fires. He is about three months old, weighs 300 grams and needs to be fed every four hours. He will be in care for the next 20 months until he gets soft released back into the wild,” Charters said.
She added that by January 10 he had still to open his eyes and was “not furred so can’t regulate his own body temp yet.” Instead, he was being wrapped up tightly by Charters and was benefiting from the use of a heat pad.
In text accompanying the video, Charters added, “He will be buddied up with another wombat for company sometime in the future – we can say goodbye to a tidy house.”
Charters first shared an image of Bubba Rosso on January 5, showing the little wombat covered in mud after being rescued. Areas around Kosciuszko National Park were declared “leave zones” on January 3.
Animal rescues in the region are carried out or supported by LAOKO Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue. Charters said LAOKO — which stands for Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans — gets “no funding and have limited resources and donations.”
Appealing for support for the group, she said, “the volunteers of this organisation have been a wealth of information and support for us when we have wildlife in care.” Credit: Claire Charters via Storyful