Feb 19, 2015

Meet Patrick, the World’s Oldest and Largest Living Wombat

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At 84 pounds (38 kg) and 29 years of age, Patrick is the world’s oldest and largest known living common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus). This is his story.

 

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Patrick has lived nearly his entire life at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia. He was hand-raised by the owners after being orphaned as a baby.

 

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According to Tourism Australia, “the team at the park tried releasing Patrick back into the wild a couple of times but he couldn’t defend himself against other wombats.”

 

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Tourism Australia also adds:

Given that Patrick has never had children, or any partners in general, probably makes him the oldest living wombat virgin as well!

 

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When he was younger, Patrick used to greet park visitors in a wheelbarrow (above). These days, Patrick appears on television, poses with visitors, is an ambassador for the city and enjoys being a local celebrity.

 

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For more information on Patrick check out Ballarat Wildlife Park’s official website. You can also follow Patrick on his very own Facebook page.

 

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We can’t wait to celebrate your 30th birthday this August Patrick!!!

 

 

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