By Charlotte Regen
These adorable wombat babies are having a brilliant time playing with each other and rolling about.
The fuzzy marsupials were caught playing in their pen at dusk – the cute little creatures are actually nocturnal.
Living at Dimmocks Retreat Wildlife Sanctuary in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of Australia, the little wombat babies were rescued after they were found orphaned.
Wombat babies Pippa, Tigger and Molly are now around 14 months old and are being cared for by husband and wife Greg Pointing and Justine King, who run the rescue.
The babies usually stay at the rescue for around two years.
Justine said: “They are at the absolute great age to play they usually start this at 10 months of age when they are starting to get curious about their surroundings.
“Normally they would be in mum’s pouch which is facing out to the back where they can look out at the world and eat grass as she walks along and start to emerge from the pouch and explore the world
“They can get really silly and playful a number of times a day once they are awake, they are nocturnal so they are most active at dusk and through the night. During the day they sleep very deeply.
“They play on and off for about 20 mins depending how much energy they have. I could hear them banging on the other side of the paddock where I was feeding our kangaroos.
“If they had just drunk their milk they may get tired with a full belly much quicker and go into a “milk coma” where they seem to go off and sleep heavily for 5-10 minutes then come alive again.
“We have had all three since they were babies and each of the three babies came in at around 7-8 months old within three months.
“Well because I could hear them banging I decided to creep up on them and was absolutely delighted to catch them unawares, they can behave differently if they think we are watching.
“We really wanted to show the world how unique these beautiful animals are, we are very lucky to have these creatures in the wild roaming our forests and land.
“The three main issues for them that can affect their numbers are motor vehicles, land clearing and mange.
“Dimmocks Retreat Wildlife is a small self-funded sanctuary run by husband and wife Greg Pointing and Justine King, who rely on public donations so we can rescue and rehabilitate Australian Wildlife for release back to the wild where they belong.”