Diesel the wombat is a 'rock star'
A NEW star has moved into Byron, but unlike the shire's other celebrity residents this one is hairy, less than 50cm tall and weighs just 17kg.
Diesel the wombat is the latest edition to the Macadamia Castle's animal park.
"He is like a rock star. People just want to touch him," said castle owner Tony Gilding of the popular eastern common wombat.
Diesel had a tough start in life. He was rescued from his mother's pouch on the roadside near Lithgow, in August 2010. His mother was hit and killed by a car.
Weighing just over 1kg, he was raised by carers near Woolgoolga where he was bottle fed, took baths with them and lived happily among humans.
But, eventually he just got too big and his carers felt he was "too human" to be released into the wild or live in an enclosure with other wombats.
That's when they approached the castle and negotiated a place for him there.
Mr Gilding said Diesel appeared to be enjoying all the attention he was getting at his new home.
Unlike non-domesticated wombats, Diesel loves being around people.
"He loves contact and nuzzles up to people," he said.
Diesel is on display at the castle every day at 1.30pm.
Families can also book an encounter with him, but it is limited to one family per day.
More information from www.macadamiacastle.com.au.
- Wombats dig extensive burrows.
- They have a backward facing pouch.
- They are mostly nocturnal.
- Wombats are herbivores; their diet consists mostly of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots.
- They are marsupials which grow to approximately 1m long and they have a short, stubby tail.