Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Orphaned wombat diagnosed with clinical depression finds comfort in teddy bear

Tonka was taken to a sanctuary in Australia after his mum was killed in a car accident

By Emma Mills

5:17PM BST 09 Sep 2015

An orphaned wombat found comfort in his stuffed toy after his mum was killed in a car accident and his home was ruined by a cyclone.

At the Billabong Sanctuary in North Queensland, handlers gave Tonka a wombat teddy from the gift shop to help comfort him, and since then the two have been inseparable.

He sleeps curled next to the toy and naps with it between meet and greets with visitors.

Tonka the wombatHandler, Samantha Sherman says Tonka, now seven-years-old, loves his teddy so much it has to be replaced often due to damage caused by his teeth.

“Many orphaned animals take comfort in cuddling teddies and Tonka just never grew out of it – he’s really just a big baby at heart.” she told the Metro.

“The teddy doesn’t have a name because he gets new ones when needed.”

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