Diesel is one cool dude
MOST wombats are used to dusty burrows and making comfort out of leaves and grass, but not Diesel, the Macadamia Castle's resident wombat.
Diesel knows nothing less than a life of luxury after being bottle fed and brought up in a household where he watched daytime soapies on the lounge and adapted human tendencies.
He was even cuddled by supermodel Elle Macpherson when she visited last December.
Last week his luxurious life got a little bit more comfortable after airconditioning was installed in his wombat cave at the Knockrow Macadamia Castle.
He even had a three-seater lounge in his abode until last week.
The Pacific Highway attraction took two-year-old Diesel into their care three months ago, but with the cuddly furry animal also came his high maintenance.
"Little Diesel comes from a cold climate; he was rescued from the roadside in Lithgow, NSW," Tony Gilding, owner of the Macadamia Castle said.
"Then he went to Yamba where he lived in luxury and was mistaken for a child, so by the time he got to us he was very spoilt.
"He is not used to the humidity and we decided he needed air-con, which was kindly donated by Artisan Air."
The animal attendants wanted to ease Diesel into his new surroundings at the Macadamia Castle upon his arrival and provided him with a lounge to laze the day away on, just as he did at his former residence.
"We haven't thought about a TV set yet..." Mr Gilding said with a laugh.
The lounge suite has been removed but Diesel laid claim to a few pillows.
Unlike most territorial wombats, Diesel is the park socialite and not shy of a cuddle.
Once he is in the arms of animal attendant Georgia Shapter, he turns into a rag doll, leaving his inviting belly open for a scratch.
"Wombats don't regulate their temperature and if it gets over 40 degrees then it can be fatal for them," Mrs Shapter explained.
"So it's important to cool him down. His enclosure gets the sun so this has been fantastic for him."
Diesel shares the outdoor enclosure with 10-year-old wombat Kahlua.