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Wombat And Koala Strike Up Friendship During Lockdown

Be still our tender hearts! There is absolutely nothing more precious than when two different animal species become best friends! 

During the COVID-19 lockdown at the Australian Wildlife Park, a koala named, Elsa, and a wombat named, Hope, shared an enclosure together. 

It was during that time that they two struck up the most adorable friendship. They're now being called, "lockdown BFFs." The two marsupials were hand raised by the keepers at the Australia Reptile Park, wombats are actually the closest relative species to the koala, so their keepers figured it would be a friendship match in heaven... they were right. 

Now that the park has re-opened, the keepers are making sure that the two are able to see each other every day! 

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    Hope and Elsa!

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    According to the staff, they first noticed their blossoming friendship when "Hope the wombat was housed in Elsa's enclosure when her's was being cleaned and the two would greet each other by nuzzling their noses."

    Koala - REPU © Supplied/Australian Reptile Park

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    "Hope is a little ray of sunshine. It's a very special friendship these two have formed and I can't wait to see it continue to blossom," said Park curator Hayley Shute.

    Koala - © Supplied Australian Reptile Park

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    "Elsa and Hope are great ambassadors for Australian wildlife and our wildlife needs all the help it can get," Ms Shute contined.

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    Just look at the love between these two cuties!

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    Text - Bernadette Lane Absolutely amazing. Fantastic to see this. They are so cute. Like Reply 2w Roberta Nash A tummy rub! Aahh! Their faces say it al.lovely, don't stop. I love them both. Gorgeous.x. 1 Like Reply 2w Marlene Andrade So lovely and beautiful Elsa and Hopet Like Reply 2w Dominique Wain Truly gorgeous. This would never happen in the wild, but is wonderful to see. Like Reply 2w Alex Leoni Those little babies! they deserve all the love in the world. Like Reply 2w + Top Fan Nicola Han

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    Text - Carol Ann Archer How can you not feel good when looking at these two beautiful animals Like Reply 2w
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