Most wombats weigh around 57 pounds (28 kilograms) and live up to 15 years. Patrick here, however, isn’t your ordinary marsupial. He weighs in at a whopping 84 pounds (38 kilograms) and has just turned 29 years old, making him the world’s largest and oldest known living wombat.
Patrick resides at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria, Australia, where he was hand-raised after being orphaned as a joey.
According to Tourism Australia, when he grew older, ‘the team at the park tried releasing Patrick back into the wild a couple of times but he couldn’t defend himself against other wombats’. He’s never had children, or partners, making him the oldest wombat virgin.
But don’t be too sad for the furry guy. His life turned out to be pretty good. Patrick’s a local celebrity at the wildlife park, where he gets his photo taken with visitors and even has his own merchandise.
He also occasionally appears on TV and is the city of Ballarat’s official ‘wommbassador’ – with CNN naming him the third-best city mascot in the world.
Via Twisted Sifter