Kiwi the southern hairy-nosed wombat celebrated his first birthday on Friday with zoo staff and councillor Cherie Rutherford.
Kiwi the southern hairy-nosed wombat celebrated his first birthday on Friday with zoo staff and councillor Cherie Rutherford. Contributed

Wombat celebrates birthday at zoo

HIS name's Kiwi, but he's all Australian.

Rockhampton Zoo's southern hairy-nosed wombat celebrated his first birthday on Friday with zoo staff and his dad, Ken, and mum, Fatso.

Kiwi received his favourite dish of carrot and corn surprise which he shared with his parents in honour of the occasion.

Councillor Cherie Rutherford said zoo staff were very excited to celebrate Kiwi's first birthday as wombats generally did not breed well in captivity.

“Kiwi may still only be a little guy weighing in at 17kg ... but he's got two years of growth spurts ahead of him before he reaches his full size at age three,” Cr Rutherford said.

“This and other aspects of captive wombat husbandry will be subject of a joint study program between Rockhampton Zoo and CQUniversity staff to unlock some of the pathways towards enhanced breeding success in captivity for this species.”

Rockhampton Zoo has the largest captive group of southern hairy nosed wombats in the world with 13 individuals.



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