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Orphaned Kangaroo Takes Care Of Baby Wombat (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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An orphaned kangaroo has captured hearts worldwide for taking care of a parentless baby wombat.

A man discovered the baby wombat, known as Digger, after he found its dead mother on the road, Little Things reports.

It is believed a car ran over the mother, but her baby survived.

Yet his fate was unclear -- the young animal only weighed less than one pound.

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Wrapping the tiny creature up in his shirt, he brought Digger to Lisa Mulligan, founder of Australia-based nonprofit animal rescue center Wild About Wildlife.

"If they hadn't stopped, Digger would have been run over too, or died from stress and cold," said Milligan, reports The Dodo. "He was very cold and grazed from the road. I thought he was going to be lucky to survive."

While Mulligan helped the young animal recover, Max, an orphaned kangaroo Mulligan had also taken in, watched.

Slowly, Max began 'assisting' Mulligan while he did things like wrapping him up in a blanket and feeding him.

“Max is his new mummy’s shadow,” his adoptive mom, Lisa Milligan, explained to The Dodo. “What I do, he helps.”

"Max does not help a lot but he thinks he does,” Mulligan said.

With the care and love of his new family, Digger is now doing much better.

“Digger has a lot of affection to give,” Milligan said. “He is a little naughty at times, but loves a tummy rub.”

They’re not the only unusual friends from Wild About Wildlife who are warming people’s hearts.

Another kangaroo, Anzac, has befriended wombats Peggy and Cupcakes, Huffington Post reports.

All were orphans, and all are now doing well at the rescue center; Cupcake is reported to be particularly active.

“When you are looking for her, you don’t bother looking on the floor, you look up to see what piece of furniture she is about to launch herself from,” reports Wild About Wildlife founder Alistair Brown.

The wombats are lucky. There aren’t enough facilities in Australia to take in all the injured or neglected wombats

“As a direct result, most injured adult marsupials have to be shot or [euthanized], even if the injuries are of a relatively minor nature, due to the lack of alternatives. As urban spread of Melbourne continues steadily northwards, the need for this facility has never been greater,” the website states.

Sources: Little Things, The DodoHuffington Post / Photo credit: Facebook/Wild About Wildlife via The Dodo

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