NSW Police have a new recruit – an orphaned wombat named Ted.
The eight-month-old, bare-nosed wombat’s mother was tragically struck and killed by a car.
The furry new recruit has been patrolling the halls in Queanbeyan Police Station since June after one of its officers, Senior Constable Tori Murray, rescued the orphaned animal.
Ted has since been a regular fixture at the station and is often found napping in his portable bed under Snr Cst Murray’s desk.
NSW Police said Snr Cst Murray would continue to care for Ted for at least another 18 months until he was old enough to return to his natural habitat.
And it appears Snr Cst Murray’s colleagues are more than happy to have Ted around.
Monaro Police District’s Inspector Charles Hutchins said his favourite animal was a wombat.
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“I love them because they’re cute but they’re also strong. They burrow into holes to protect themselves or live and survive,” he said.
“They’re also cute and cuddly. Particularly Ted because he’s a baby wombat and how can you not love a baby wombat.”
Insp Hutchins said crashes involving animals occurred regularly on our roads and urged drivers to keep an eye out for our native animals.
“With school holidays and everyone travelling along the highway, we encourage people be aware of your surroundings, which may include our native wildlife,” he said.
“If you see an animal near the road, we encourage you to slow down if possible, exercise caution and drive to the conditions so that way we’ll show some kindness to the animals by the roads.”
Snr Cst Murray, who rescued Ted, has volunteered with Wildcare during the last five years where she helps rescue, care for and rehabilitate injured native animals across the Monaro region.