Friendly wombat the star of first-birthday fun
RUBY the southern-nosed hairy wombat is a bit of a celebrity at CQ Radiology.
She has visited several times, putting a smile on patients' faces, as well as those of the clinic staff.
Yesterday she celebrated her first birthday, taking home a basket of fresh vegetables while staff and patients enjoyed a big pink cake in her honour.
CQ Radiology donated another $500 to her carers at Mt Larcom's Safe Haven Wombat Breeding Centre, doubling the amount they've given so far.
Manager Noel Swain said the centre gave $5 for every CT scan performed.
"We wanted to be involved in not just the medical community, but the wider community," he said.
"Ruby's visits provide a positive environment for the patients and for ourselves."
Wombat centre founder Tina Janssen said Ruby was comfortable with people.
"She's a bit of a celebrity here, she comes in regularly and visits."
Ruby will eventually become part of the breeding program.
Safe Haven is always looking for volunteers and vegetables - call Tina on 0408 613 914 if you can help.
- Weight: 12kg
- Length: 45cm
- Sleeps: 18 hours/day
- Height: 15cm legs