Australia's Oldest Wombat Celebrates Her 31st Birthday With Cake

December 17, 2017

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Winnie the wombat / Facebook

Winnie the wombat celebrated her 31st birthday on Friday, making her the oldest wombat in Australia and probably the world.

To celebrate, her keepers at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Australia made two special fruit and vegetable cakes.

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Winnie the wombat / Facebook

Winnie was orphaned as a joey and hand raised at Birdland Animal Park before moving to the National Zoo in 1992.

While wombats usually live to be about 20 in captivity and only 15 in the wild, Winnie is still active and playful - and a bit of a favorite with the staff.

"She's a happy little wombat who loves her food and back scratches," keeper Danielle Johinke said.

And she's not only loved by staff - Winnie has become a bit of a celebrity with more than 1,700 followers on her Facebook page and people making special trips to see her.

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