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Jedda the hairy-nosed wombat makes her zoo debut

A baby Southern hairy-nosed wombat is now out of her mother's pouch and getting to know her new surroundings.
Jedda is still dependent on her mum Jumanji’s milk but has started to nibble on grass and hay. She's Jumanji, and her father Sherman's first baby.
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A baby Southern hairy-nosed wombat is making her debut at Melbourne Zoo in Australia.
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey Jedda
Her name is Jedda and she's now permanently out of mother's pouch. Most joeys are born between September and December, but the tiny newborn marsupials live in their mothers’ pouches for six to nine months.
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey Jedda
Wombats are fearsomely strong diggers, with very muscular front legs and sharp claws, usually used to dig winding tunnels for their homes.
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Jedda is doing well and now weighs around 8lbs (eight bags of sugar), but that's still small compared to her mum.
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey Jedda
Wombats are only found in Australia and Jedda is the first Southern hairy-nosed wombat to be born at Melbourne Zoo since 2011.
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey Jedda
But despite their strength Southern hairy-nosed wombats are now considered to be under some threat in the wild, but their closely related cousins the Northern hairy-nosed wombats are seriously endangered in their native habitat. All pictures are courtesy of James Morgan Photographic Consultancy.
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