Super rare hairy-nosed wombat born in Australia

  • 20 July 2017
A northern hairy-nosed wombat and the new joey Image copyright AFP

One of the world's rarest species - the northern hairy-nosed wombat - has been given a much-needed boost with a brand new arrival.

The new wombat was born at the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge in St George, in Australia.

The baby, known as a 'joey', brings the total number of the animals to 251 and was the first of its species to be born at the wildlife refuge for five years.

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Image caption Northern hairy-nosed wombats were believed to be extinct until the 1930s when 30 were discovered in Queensland.

The main threats to the wombats are wild dogs, disease and competition for food from kangaroos.

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