By Jessica Arellano
Happy birthday, Winnie the wombat!
Winnie is the oldest wombat in Australia. Usually wombats live from five to 15 years in the wild, and up to 26 years in captivity. But Winnie turned 31 on December 16, making her the oldest wombat in Australia, and maybe even the world.
Winnie arrived at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra in 1992, and has become the most popular animal with visitors.
So the zoo threw a big party for her birthday.
Staff decorated her enclosure and made her a fruit and vegetable cake with lots of her favourite foods, such as carrots and lettuce.
Winnie is a bare-nosed wombat, also known as a common wombat. There are two other species: the northern hairy-nosed wombat, and the southern hairy-nosed wombat.
In the wild, wombats’ favourite foods are native grasses and the roots of trees or shrubs, but because Winnie lives at the zoo she prefers different foods, such as corn and carrot.
She’s also known as a fussy eater. If grated carrot isn’t added to her meals, she won’t eat it!