World’s Oldest Wombat Is A 29-Year-Old Virgin
Patrick, the oldest wombat in captivity turned 29 on August 25, according to Ballarat Wildlife Park.
A miracle of nature, Patrick is an Australian legend who has been the celebrity of the wildlife park for decades. In the wild, wombats usually live only five years, while those in captivity can reach up to 20 years.
The wombassador of the park, Patrick was raised by zoo-keepers after he was orphaned as a baby (marsupial babies are called joeys).
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.
And that’s how he remained in the park and became a local celeb, CNN naming him the 3rd best city mascot in the world.
In addition to being the oldest wombat, Patrick is also the largest. According to the park’s website, their curator Julia Leonard used to push him in a wheelbarrow just “to keep a check on what is going on.”
According to Australia.com’s Facebook post, Patrick has earned another title during his life.
The post said:
“Given that Patrick has never had children, or any partners in general, probably makes him the oldest living wombat virgin as well!”