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In March 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Melbourne was ordered into lockdown. For wildlife carer Emily Small, that meant working from home in her top-floor apartment – with three orphaned wombats. Emily has been rescuing wombats for seventeen years, ever since she and her mother were handed an orphaned joey to look after. She is the founder of the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, which she co-manages with her mother Sharon. The facility cares for orphaned, sick and injured wombats, rehabilitating them for release back into the wild.

During the unprecedented 2019-2020 bushfires, the forests of East Gippsland—where the Goongerah orphanage is based—were turned into disaster zones. The orphanage itself survived, but the wombats in the region were horribly impacted. Within a few months of the fires, COVID-19 swept across the globe. Emily would normally travel between work and the orphanage, juggling wombat care with her role as Operations Supervisor for Wildlife Victoria, an emergency response service for sick, injured or orphaned animals. But amid government orders to stay at home, and lockdown restrictions that made long distance travel difficult, Emily had to relocate the orphaned wombats 450km west, from the orphanage to her top-floor apartment in inner city Melbourne. Since May, she has been raising the youngsters in her home/ improvised care facility—and life has been far from dull.

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Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, working in her Melbourne inner-city apartment, with two orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus)...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, working in her Melbourne inner-city apartment, with two orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus)...
Emily Small,one of the founders of the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, sits on the veranda of her house, with her ragdoll cat Cotton', shortly after the 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Emily's...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small,one of the founders of the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, sits on the veranda of her house, with her ragdoll cat Cotton', shortly after the 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Emily's...
Sharon Small, one of the founders of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, sitting at home after the 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Sharon's house was spared, but she lamented the loss of her surrou...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Sharon Small, one of the founders of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, sitting at home after the 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Sharon's house was spared, but she lamented the loss of her surrou...
A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', is bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', is bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...
Common / coarse-haired wombat (Vombatus ursinus) laying dead on the edge of Bonang Road, the victim of a car strike. An orange cross has been spray painted on its body to show others it has already be...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Common / coarse-haired wombat (Vombatus ursinus) laying dead on the edge of Bonang Road, the victim of a car strike. An orange cross has been spray painted on its body to show others it has already be...
Martins Creek and surrounds after 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Rivers in the south-east of Australia endured drought, bushfires and intense rainfall in a brief period. The rains washed ash a...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Martins Creek and surrounds after 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Rivers in the south-east of Australia endured drought, bushfires and intense rainfall in a brief period. The rains washed ash a...
A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', is bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', is bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...
A 9-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice', exploring apartment. Due to Covid-19 lockdown, Emily Small. founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, is c...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 9-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice', exploring apartment. Due to Covid-19 lockdown, Emily Small. founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, is c...
A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', held by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is caring for...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', held by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is caring for...
A 7-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Bronson', in a home-made pouch. Cared for by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 7-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Bronson', in a home-made pouch. Cared for by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...
A 9-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice', exploring apartment. Due to Covid-19 lockdown, Emily Small. founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, is c...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 9-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice', exploring apartment. Due to Covid-19 lockdown, Emily Small. founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, is c...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, watering grass she is growing in her Melbourne inner city apartment that will be used to supplemently feed three orphane...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, watering grass she is growing in her Melbourne inner city apartment that will be used to supplemently feed three orphane...
Dirt collected from Goongerah in a glass jar. This will be given to three orphaned and rescued bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) to snuffle and digest as part of their care as it contains microbes...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Dirt collected from Goongerah in a glass jar. This will be given to three orphaned and rescued bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) to snuffle and digest as part of their care as it contains microbes...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' (8 months old), one of the three orphaned and rescue...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' (8 months old), one of the three orphaned and rescue...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of Bronson, an 8-month-old orp...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of Bronson, an 8-month-old orp...
One 7 and one 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus), 'Bronson' (partially visible) and 'Landon', in a home-made pouch. Cared for by Emily Smal...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / One 7 and one 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus), 'Bronson' (partially visible) and 'Landon', in a home-made pouch. Cared for by Emily Smal...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...
An 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Landon', bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / An 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Landon', bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, in her apartment, holding Landon' a bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) male, age 6 months. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is caring for 3 orphan ba...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, in her apartment, holding Landon' a bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) male, age 6 months. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is caring for 3 orphan ba...
Two male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Bronson' and 'Landon', asleep in a home-made pouch, (aged 6 and 7 months). Cared for by Emily Small, fou...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Two male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Bronson' and 'Landon', asleep in a home-made pouch, (aged 6 and 7 months). Cared for by Emily Small, fou...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, holding a 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon'. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is ca...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, holding a 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon'. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is ca...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, working in her Melbourne inner-city apartment, with an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) na...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, working in her Melbourne inner-city apartment, with an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) na...
A 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Bronson' in a cot. With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily captive, until old enough to be r...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Bronson' in a cot. With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily captive, until old enough to be r...
Two orphaned and rescued male baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) in a cot. 'Bronson' (left) and 'Landon' (right). With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily capti...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Two orphaned and rescued male baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) in a cot. 'Bronson' (left) and 'Landon' (right). With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily capti...
An 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', in a home-made pouch. Cared for by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / An 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', in a home-made pouch. Cared for by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to...
A 9-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice', running in apartment. Due to Covid-19 lockdown, Emily Small. founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, is...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 9-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice', running in apartment. Due to Covid-19 lockdown, Emily Small. founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, is...
An 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Landon', bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / An 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Landon', bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19...
An 8-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Landon', bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19 lock...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / An 8-month-old orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Landon', bottle fed a food supplement by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19 lock...
A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', held by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is ca...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 6-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) named 'Landon', held by Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage. Due to Covid-19 lockdown she is ca...
Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) male is cared for by Rena Gaborov - wildlife rescuer and carer - in Renas mothers lounge.Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kang...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) male is cared for by Rena Gaborov - wildlife rescuer and carer - in Renas mothers lounge.Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kang...
Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) male is bottle fed by Rena Gaborov - wildlife rescuer and carer. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kangaroos) from their home a...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) male is bottle fed by Rena Gaborov - wildlife rescuer and carer. Rena and her partner Joseph had to evacuate their wildlife (wombats, possums and kangaroos) from their home a...
Common / coarse-haired wombat (Vombatus ursinus) lying dead on the edge of Bonang Road, the victim of a car strike. An orange cross has been spray painted on its body to show others it has already bee...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Common / coarse-haired wombat (Vombatus ursinus) lying dead on the edge of Bonang Road, the victim of a car strike. An orange cross has been spray painted on its body to show others it has already bee...
Sharon Small, one of the founders of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, sitting at home after the 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Sharon's house was spared, but she lamented the loss of her surrou...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Sharon Small, one of the founders of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, sitting at home after the 2019/20 bushfires devastated the area. Sharon's house was spared, but she lamented the loss of her surrou...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' (8 months old), one of the three orphaned and rescue...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' (8 months old), one of the three orphaned and rescue...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, bottle feeds two of her orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), 'Landon' left 7 months...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, bottle feeds two of her orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), 'Landon' left 7 months...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, bottle feeds two of her orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), 'Landon' left 7 months...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, bottle feeds two of her orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), 'Landon' left 7 months...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of rescued baby bare-nosed wom...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of rescued baby bare-nosed wom...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of Bronson, an 8-month-old orp...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of Bronson, an 8-month-old orp...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of Bronson, an 8-month-old orp...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, applies PawPaw ointment (a product made for skin from fermented papaw fruit), to the feet of Bronson, an 8-month-old orp...
Dirt collected from Goongerah in a glass jar. This will be given to three orphaned and rescued bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) to snuffle and digest as part of their care as it contains microbes...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Dirt collected from Goongerah in a glass jar. This will be given to three orphaned and rescued bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) to snuffle and digest as part of their care as it contains microbes...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, harvesting grass to be used to supplement the feed of three orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursin...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, harvesting grass to be used to supplement the feed of three orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursin...
A 9-month-old female orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice' in a cot. With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily captive, until old enough to b...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 9-month-old female orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Beatrice' in a cot. With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily captive, until old enough to b...
A 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Bronson' in a cot. With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily captive, until old enough to be r...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / A 8-month-old male orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 'Bronson' in a cot. With local soil and grass placed in the cot. Temporarily captive, until old enough to be r...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...
Editorial use only'~Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement in the kitchen of her Melbourne inner-city apartment, whilst hold...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Editorial use only'~Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement in the kitchen of her Melbourne inner-city apartment, whilst hold...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...
Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement, whilst holding 'Bronson' an orphaned and rescued baby bare-nosed wombats (Vom...
Editorial use only'~Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement in the kitchen of her Melbourne inner-city apartment, whilst hold...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Editorial use only'~Emily Small, founder of Goongerah Wombat Orphanage, wildlife rescuer and carer, makes up a wombat feed supplement in the kitchen of her Melbourne inner-city apartment, whilst hold...
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