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On the mend: 'Shrek' the stressed-out orphan baby wombat who lost all his fur

06-11-2010 09:34 BJT

Spare a thought for follically-challenged Shrek, the young wombat who has lost most of his hair from stress after being orphaned.

Stressed out: The baby wombat may have lost its fur after being abandonned by its mother
Stressed out: The baby wombat may have lost its fur after being abandonned by its mother

You may think he got his nickname from those sticky-out ears, but in fact it was given to him by vets in Healesville, Australia, when they noticed a green hue to his skin after he had been brought in for medical attention.

Shrek's hair loss and odd colour has been put down to a fungal condition brought about by poor diet and stress from losing his mother.

He was originally found and reared by some kind-hearted animal lovers; but when he lost half his body weight and his hair they decided to seek out professional help.

Now however, Shrek is making a full recovery and his carers at the Maryknoll Wildlife Shelter hope he grows as big and strong as his namesake.

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