Near Ceduna in south Australia, an extremely rare white wombat has been found alone, near death, dehydrated and exhausted in a remote property. Wildlife worker Val Salmon has nursed the wombat back to health. He has been dubbed Polar because “ he looks more like a polar bear than an actual wombat.”
Here he is:
Wombats are marsupials and closely related to koalas. They can be silver-grey, glossy black, dark-grey, grey-brown, chocolate brown, or cream, with white the rarest. While there are some cases of albinism reported in wombats, Polar’s appearance suggests that he is indeed a rare white wombat.
Salmon says she’s only seen two other white wombats in 40 years. There are plans to use Polar in educational programs including a breeding program but, says Salmon, “at this stage, we just want to get him nice and fit and healthy” — sounds like a good plan to me.
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