True blue mates: Orphaned kangaroo and wombat are inseparable friends (they even share the same pouch)
Opposites can attract and Anzac a doe-eyed baby kangaroo has become best friends with Peggy, a tiny squint-eyed wombat.
Their unlikely union developed after the pair - both orphans - shared a pouch at the Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia.
At just over five months old, Anzac was brought to the centre after being rescued in the Macedon Ranges.
The joey is in the mother kangaroo’s pouch for about eight months, depending on the species, but Anzac was abandoned a few months before he was ready to be free.
Luckily he was placed with Peggy, who was also feeling lonely and the two now sleep together, reducing the amount Anzac misses his mum.
Worker Lisa Milligan explained the unlikely friends are comforted by each others movement and heartbeat.
She said: ‘There are lots of baby animals about at the moment, and they are orphaned for a range of reasons.’
One of the reasons the lively duo get on so well is their similar personalities - with Anzac described as very social while Peggy is boisterous and cheeky.
It’s unclear if Peggy and Anxac’s friendship will continue as they grow - firstly Peggy may not be able to keep up with Anzac.
Wombats walk with a somewhat awkward, shuffling or waddling gait.
Although they appear to be slow and docile, wombats are very alert and can move quickly with great agility when needed.
But in contrast kangaroos can move a lot quicker and hop so efficiently that they can reach great speeds.
Although tiny at the moment as they get older their sizes will also start to differ greatly.
Peggy will become powerfully built, weighing about 30kg - about the size of a small pig, although wombats are rarely dangerous.
But Anzac will become a lot taller and weigh about anything upwards of 30kg.
Luckily they are both herbivores so they won’t be a threat to each other and if their friendship does continue they could spend their days side-by-side looking for luscious blades of green grass and leaves.
Caddy the Wombat baby greets the world from her home-made pouch:
This is the moment a baby wombat emerges from inside her home made pouch which has become her home after her mother was killed by a car.
Caddy is lucky to be alive as she was in her mother’s pouch at the time of the accident and has been living in the temporary accommodation at Warrandyte Wildlife Shelter, in Melbourne, ever since.
As well as the care being given to her by a team of experts, the 18-month-old wombat has a pair of cuddly teddy bears that have been used to keep wombats company for the last decade and a half.
Shelter manager Linda Sauvarin said: ‘Two soft toys, which have been companions to hundreds of orphaned wombats over the past 15 years, help keep her company.
Caddy came to the shelter last month and has since been taken care of by Linda and her staff.
‘She’s a dear little thing. She came to us when she was only 900g, now she’s 2.2kg. She still has a long way to go.’
Little Caddy needs to be fed by staff every four hours with a special type of milk. She will be released back into the wild when she weighs 25kg.