It sounds like something right out of a children’s storybook, but Flinders Island, sitting north-east of Tasmania in Australia, is looking for a lucky person to be their chief wombat cuddler for Derek, their latest orphaned wombat.
8-month old Derek weighed just 700 grams when he was discovered in his mother’s pouch when she was found dead after getting hit by a car. And boy does this tiny marsupial need some lovin’. Check out more of Derek in the video below.
A competition is now on to find someone to take up, what is perhaps, the luckiest job in the world, and the winner will even get to bring a friend along as, maybe, the assistant chief wombat cuddler?
Not only will you and a friend be flown from your nearest Australian capital city to Tasmania’s Flinders Island to smother our little friend with affection, you’ll get to spend three nights exploring Derek’s island home
– Competition website
Unfortunately, entry is open only to Australian residents aged 18 years or older, so it looks like the rest of us will just have to admire from afar.