Anzec the joey and Peggy the wombat baby have formed an unlikely friendship after spending quite some time together – in the same pouch! Mi casa es su casa, right?
“At just over five months old, Anzac was brought to the centre after being rescued in the Macedon Ranges.
The joey is in the mother kangaroo’s pouch for about eight months, depending on the species, but Anzac was abandoned a few months before he was ready to be free.
Luckily he was placed with Peggy, who was also feeling lonely and the two now sleep together, reducing the amount Anzac misses his mum.
Worker Lisa Milligan explained the unlikely friends are comforted by each others movement and heartbeat.
She said: ‘There are lots of baby animals about at the moment, and they are orphaned for a range of reasons.’
One of the reasons the lively duo get on so well is their similar personalities – with Anzac described as very social while Peggy is boisterous and cheeky.
Time will tell if these two remain pouch buddies for life. Things sure are off to a great start, though!