It is very likely that Winnie, a common wombat living at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, may be the oldest living captive wombat on the planet!
Wombats in the wild have a much different lifespan. Due to predators and the uncertainty of everyday life, many wombats die before the age of 15, and while wombats living in captivity might have a more comfortable life, most of them only live to be about 20. Winnie, however, is not like other wombats.
At the ripe old age of 31, Winnie has become a favorite at the zoo. She arrived when she was only 6 years old, and 25 years later, she’s still going strong!
Previously, a wombat named Patrick held the title of longest living wombat in captivity having also lived to be 31, but he passed away just months before Winnie’s 31st birthday.
While there may be others out there somewhere, the zoo is fairly confident that Winnie now holds the prestigious title!
They’re hoping for many more years with their adorable friend, and they celebrated her big day with a very unique cake.
A special vegetable cake was crafted just for her. With carrots, fruits, lettuce, and her favorite flowers on top, the cake was presented to the happy wombat at her little birthday party!
Credits Winnie the Wombat