Autumn the wombat makes a special visit

Hamish Shumack, Ian Tozer, and Angus McPhie patting Autumn the wombat with Mrs Forster.

Hamish Shumack, Ian Tozer, and Angus McPhie patting Autumn the wombat with Mrs Forster.

L.A.O.K.O. volunteer, Alison Ruell, showing students from Year 1 and 2 Autumn the wombat.

L.A.O.K.O. volunteer, Alison Ruell, showing students from Year 1 and 2 Autumn the wombat.

SNOWY Mountain Christian School (SMCS) received a special visit from a furry friend at L.A.O.K.O (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans) on Friday.

Students were visited by Autumn the wombat and her carer Alison Ruell, a volunteer from L.A.O.K.O.

L.A.O.K.O. is a wildlife rescue group in the Snowy Mountains that rescues orphaned native wildlife.

The group is formed by trained volunteers that care for the animals until they are ready to leave and return back to their habitat.

Each year hundreds of native animals are injured or killed as a result of car accidents, dog attacks and human intervention.

As many animals are still quite young when they arrive at L.A.O.K.O., volunteers take the time to raise the animals and help rehabilitate them for release back into the wild. Students at SMCS were able to touch the wombat and ask questions about the furry animal.

A koala carer for L.A.O.K.O., James Fitzgerald, also attended to teach the students more about what the group do and the koalas that he looks after.

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