With their large, round bodies and adorable noses, the southern hairy-nosed wombats appear to be excellent cuddle companions, as seen in a photo taken at the Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide, Australia.
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Senior Keeper Karen Davis (left) holds Icy and Education Officer Claire Peterson (right) holds Polar at Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide, Australia.
According to a statement released by Cleland, the two wombats were separately discovered in 2011 and raised together at a rescue center in South Australia before being transfered to the conservation park earlier this year. The 3-year-old wombats -- a female named Icy and a male named Polar -- were introduced to the public this week, after taking some time to become acclimated to their new environment.
While southern hairy-nosed wombats are classified as a species of "least concern" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, New South Wales, an Australia state that borders Adelaide, labels the rare wombat as an endangered species.
However, Cleland Wildlife Park Manager Nalini Klopp notes that these particular types of southern hairy-nosed wombats are extremely rare.
"Golden wombats are virtually unknown in the wild, given their lighter color makes them susceptible to prey, and we only know of one other in captivity," Klopp said in a statement.