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Newborn wombat rescued from dead mother's pouch

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 16, 2016 at 10:43 AM

CANBERRA, Australia, March 16 (UPI) -- An Australian animal sanctuary shared video of a newborn wombat being nursed by staff after she was rescued from her dead mother's pouch.

The Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary shared video on YouTube of Tora, a wombat joey -- called "pinkies" by rescuers due to the pink color of their skin -- having her skin treated with hemp oil after she was rescued from her dead mother's pouch by a member of the public.

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The sanctuary said Tora, whose name is an Aboriginal word meaning "and near the creek," weighs in at about 10 ounces and was described in a Facebook post as "very alert and perfectly healthy."

The rescuers said they use hemp oil to lubricate the skin of rescued animals that need to mimic the conditions they would find inside their mother's pouches.

"It is the most natural lubricant and can be used any time on any skin condition with no ill effects," they said in a Facebook comment.

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