CELEBRATING RUBY: Safe Haven Wombat Breeding Centre members Peter Brooks and Tina Janssen, with Ruby, and CQ Radiology staff.
CELEBRATING RUBY: Safe Haven Wombat Breeding Centre members Peter Brooks and Tina Janssen, with Ruby, and CQ Radiology staff. Andrew Morgan

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.

ABOUT RUBY:

  • Weight: 12kg
  • Length: 45cm
  • Sleeps: 18 hours/day
  • Height: 15cm legs


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