Orphan a reminder for care on roads

LITTLE Carrie, the six-month-old Wombat, is lucky to be alive.

While he spent yesterday running around his new enclosure at Riverside's Tasmania Zoo, burning off the carrot treat he was allowed for Christmas, he isn't able to celebrate the festive season with his own family.

Carrie's mum was hit by a car at Carrick earlier this year and the baby orphan has since been adopted by Tasmania Zoo.

He is on display during the day but is too young to stay outside at night, so zoo owner Dick Warren takes him home.

``Then he gets his sweet potato for tea,'' Mr Warren said.

``He loves that.''

Carrie even got to spend Christmas at home with the Warrens where he received lots of treats like carrots and cuddles.

Mr Warren urged people to look out on the road this festive season to ensure others like Carrie's mum didn't become road kill.

``Keep an eye on the road and slow down because they are everywhere,'' he said.

If baby animals are found they can be taken to the zoo where they can keep them or pass them on to animal care organisations.

The zoo is open every day during the school holidays for kids to go and meet little Carrie.

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