& # 39; Heartbreaking to lose hair & # 39 ;: Australian zoo mourns because & # 39; the world's oldest wombat named Winnie dies at the age of 32
- Winnie, the oldest wombat in the world, has died but her legacy will live on
- She was rescued as a Joey and cared for at the National Zoo and Aquarium
- Her caregivers thought her healthy diet contributed to her impressive age
The staff of the zoo remained deeply sad after the oldest wombat in the world died.
The beloved wombat named Winnie was a popular addition to the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, where she had spent most of her life.
The zoo shared the tragic news on its Facebook page on Thursday.
& # 39; It is with great sadness that we advise the death of our beloved wombat, Winnie, & # 39 ;, read the message.
Winnie was an orphaned joey and was lovingly raised by her caretakers during the last 31 years
Winnie was an orphaned joey, but is now a happy little wombat who loves food and scratches
& # 39; Winnie's health had deteriorated in recent weeks due to her advancing age. As always, the welfare of our animals has the highest priority and the difficult decision has been made to relieve her of pain or discomfort.
& # 39; Winnie was our tallest resident and arrived before the National Zoo & Aquarium was established more than 27 years ago. She is considered the oldest wombat in the world, at the age of 32. & # 39;
Winnie was raised as an orphan and loving hand at Birdland Animal Park in Bateman's Bay before moving to Canberra's National Zoo in 1992.
During her stay at the zoo, she became a bit of a celebrity herself, with more than 1288 followers on her Facebook page and people making special journeys to see her.
Winnie was known for her cheerful personality.
& # 39; It has been heartbreaking to lose her & # 39 ;, said keeper Danielle Johinke.
Winnie likes to wrap herself in a warm blanket and take a nap in the middle of the afternoon
Winnie's favorite foods were healthy vegetables – grated carrot, sweet corn, and sweet potato
Her favorite food was grated carrot, sweet corn and sweet potato and her caretakers had speculated that her healthy diet and active lifestyle contributed to her long years.
While wombats usually live around 20 in captivity and only 15 in the wild, Winnie was still cheeky, active and playful – and a bit of a favorite with staff.
In the middle of the day, she usually curled up in a blanket to get some sleep before returning to dig counts and play football in the late afternoon.
& # 39; Winnie was adored by our employees and visitors and we cherish the memories of the time she had with us & # 39 ;, according to the message.
The zoo has & # 39; Winnie & # 39; s Foundation & # 39; designed to help preserve the wombat with a focus on sarcoptic scabies in their regional wombat populations.
The Winnie guards spoke & # 39; Happy B & # 39; Day Winnie & # 39; in the carrots on her tray with food on her birthday
Winnie & # 39; s keepers speculated that her healthy diet and active lifestyle were the reason for her age
Most wombats are nocturnal animals, but Winnie also walked and played during the day