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28 November 2012

Turtle-belle and Phoenix have been cleared for take-off to the USA today. 

The gorgeous pair of wombats, both turning two in the New Year, are bound for San Diego Zoo this morning from Melbourne Airport and will become ambassadors for their Australian cousins.

Both wombats were orphaned when their mothers were hit by cars, and Healesville Sanctuary staff has been looking after them since July last year.

“They might be big hairy kegs with legs, but will miss them very much,” Glen Holland, Director, Healesville Sanctuary said. “They were tiny and vulnerable when they were first brought to us but our keepers have cared for them and they now weigh more than 20kg each.”

The pair are been transferred in custom-built crates, complete with hay bed, feeding station and drink bottles. Also travelling with them are Ring-tail possums Som and Rudolph.

San Diego Zoo keepers are driving to Los Angeles Airport to meet their new furry friends on arrival and welcome them to USA.

Adopt a wombat for Christmas so that Healesville Sanctuary can continue its work with orphaned animals. For $15 a month or $180 for the year, visitors can adopt a wombat, like Turtle-Belle or Pheonix.

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