Social media mourns world's oldest bare-nosed wombat, Patrick, dead at 32

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It's not often wombats grow into their thirties, or get internet famous.

Residing at Australia's Ballarat Wildlife Park since the '80s, Patrick was both. After a long life and plenty of attention, the adorable bare-nosed wombat died on Tuesday aged 32. He was the oldest known wombat of its kind living in captivity.

Exceeding its expected lifespan by more than a decade, Patrick was a local treasure, gaining thousands of social media followers, won over by its bucked tooth smile.

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"For Patrick's age he has been in amazingly good health for the past few years, and only recently have we initiated geriatric care of a similar nature to dogs and cats," Adrienne Lavinia, the park's resident veterinarian, said in a statement. Read more...

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