Fishermen Save an Adorable Wombat From Drowning in a Lake

Fishermen Save an Adorable Wombat From Drowning in a Lake

On a day out at sea, two Aussie fisherman became surprise heroes for a lost wombat. 

Craig Wilson and his stepfather Bob Wilton were fishing in the central highlands of Tasmania last Friday afternoon, when they came across a wombat struggling to swim on the waters of Woods Lake. 

“We were just fishing away,” Wilson says, “When we turned around to have a look, we thought it was a platypus to start with — then on closer observation it was a wombat.”

Image Credit: Craig Wilson

Wombats are not normally found swimming, which is why the duo was shocked when they discovered the animal. 

Image Credit: Craig Wilson

It was initially a bit of a struggle to help the little guy, “We tried to get him in the landing net to start with, and he kept getting out of there, so we ended up putting him in the boat,” Mr Wilson said.

Image Credit: Craig Wilson

Wombats are meant to be aggressive or agitated, but they said this wombat seemed pretty calm, probably because he was happy to be out of the water. 

Image Credit: Craig Wilson

“We drove back to shore and we left him on land…he seemed fine, he strolled away into the bush,” said Mr. Wilson.

It was just another day in the life of a fisherman..

[Featured Image Credit: Craig Wilson]