Patrick, the world’s oldest bare nosed wombat has died, aged nearly 32.
The Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria confirmed the tragic news on Patrick’s official Facebook page on Wednesday.
“It is with sadness and heavy hearts that Greg Parker and all the staff are mourning the loss of our bucky toothed Patrick the Wombat,” the Facebook post reads.
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“Patrick the Wombat came to the park as an orphan after his mother was hit by a car and was raised by Greg and his family. He has touched the hearts of many people around the World.
“Patrick was surrounded by those who loved and cared for him when he passed away peacefully.
“We would like to thank all his friends and followers who have loved him and supported him as well as his Keepers who have lovingly cared for him over the years.”
The park says they plan to erect a permanent memorial in honour of Patrick.