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Polar, A Very Rare White Wombat (video)

Polar, A Very Rare White Wombat (video)

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMgguj0gOa4

 

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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4:14AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

to bad the video has been removed ... would like to have seen it.. grrrrrrrr

3:43PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

OMG thanks for sharing.

6:24PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Lovely!!

3:13AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

thanks for sharing this article :)

9:10AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

PRECIOUS. There is nothing cuter than a baby animal, with their big heads. He's toddling around after Val, just like a ... well, toddler. I guess if he can't be reintroduced back into the wild, to use him as an educational aid, is the best that can be done. So glad Val found him and saved him. He's a darling. It's wonderful to observe the animals that have no agenda (like us) and just enjoy living.

6:26AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

He's an absolute cutie! Loved the baby kangaroo, too.

When I visited Australia last Christmas, I was astounded by all the indigenous animal and bird species I was lucky enough to see there, some of which I had never seen before. It was an amazing feeling, experiencing this whole other world, it kinda make me feel like the explorers of old.

10:53PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

What a little cutie & that kangaroo in that pouch was just as adorable... Love those furry little babies..

12:54PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

So cute!! I am so glad someone found Polar before it was too late. I hope Polar gets a loving home with lots to eat! I hope someone makes a stuffed animal version of Polar, like they did with Knut (the Polar Bear). Polar is just too cute and I would love to have a little stuffed animal version of my own. :)

12:51PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Yes, what a great idea letting Polar be our guide in learning about his life. Glad he was found before we lost him forever.

5:20AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

I want one too!

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