Australian Zoo Keepers Combat Wombat Obesity By Walking Them

Southern hairy nosed wombat

Zoo keepers at Queensland’s Rockhampton Zoo started taking their wombats on harness walks, as you would a dog, in order to keep them in good health.

The walking program all started when Donna, a 20-year-old southern hairy nosed wombat needed to lose some weight to relieve pressure from her damaged hip.

The plan worked well, so the zoo keepers decided that all of the wombats could use a daily harness walk.

Yvette, the zoo’s team leader, stated: “They are loving it.” Additionally, she commented that: “We only bring them for a walk if they’re already up and about … we don’t wake them up.”

Wombat on a lead

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