B (east) Friends Forever: Wombat named Hope and Elsa the koala become inseparable after sharing a fence during a lockdown
- A koala and a wombat have become best friends during COVID-19 lock in an Australian wildlife park
- Elsa de koala and Hope the wombat were hand-reared by park staff after they were found as joeys
- More than $ 100 million was raised by people around the world for wildlife conservation after Australian wildfires
- The Australian Reptile Park, an hour north of Sydney, reopened Monday after the corona virus closed
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A koala and a wombat made a nice friendship during COVID-19 lockdowns.
Elsa de koala and Hope the wombat have become best buddies after spending much of the isolation period sharing a stay.
The two furry marsupials were hand-reared by caregivers in the Australian Reptile Park, about an hour north of Sydney.
Wombats are the most related species to the koala, so the caretakers knew the two would be a match in friendship heaven.
Elsa de koala and Hope the wombat have become best buddies after spending much of the isolation period sharing a stay
Wombats are closest to the koala, so staff knew the two would be best buddies
The Australian Reptile Park is closed through April and May, as the New South Wales government has imposed many companies with restriction restrictions.
The park reopened on Monday and again welcomes visitors as the Australian coronavirus infection rate remains stable for more than a month at fewer than 35 new cases per day.
While the two native animals may have missed visitors during the closure, they took the opportunity to interact, but the park’s lead staff now call them “ lockdown BFFs. ”
In fact, the two have come so close together that goalkeepers now show them each other every day.
Staff first noticed their friendship when Hope housed the wombat in Elsa’s enclosure when it was being cleaned and the two greeted each other by sniffing their noses.
Park curator Hayley Shute, who raised Elsa by hand when she was just a joey, said she knew the two would love to get to know each other.
The park reopened on Monday and again welcomes visitors as the Australian coronavirus infection rate remains stable at fewer than 35 new cases per day for more than a month
Australian Reptile Park keeper Liz Gabriel said visitors could say hello to Elsa and Hope after the park reopened Monday
While the two native animals may have missed visitors during lockdowns, they took the opportunity to interact, but park leaders now call them ‘lockdown BFFs’
“Hope is a ray of sunshine. It’s a very special friendship that these two have formed and I can’t wait to see her keep blooming, ”said Ms. Shute.
“Elsa and Hope are wonderful ambassadors for Australian wildlife and our wildlife need all the help they can get.
Australia has the worst mammal extinction in the world. Unfortunately, our iconic koala is experiencing a large decline in numbers, due in part to the tragic wildfires we had earlier this year and they are about to become extinct in the wild by 2050. ‘
A post-forest fire fundraiser raised more than $ 100 million from concerned people around the world for conservation efforts.
Guests at the Australian Reptile Park can see both Elsa and Hope and learn about their incredible species.
Staff first noticed their friendship when Hope would house the wombat in Elsa’s enclosure when hers was cleaned and the two would greet each other by sniffing their noses
Elsa and her fellow koalas are an endangered species, and conservation efforts are needed to ensure they remain in Australian forests