Wow, wombats in Budapest!
Molly and Wally, the two coarse-haired wombats were intoduced to the public on 22 November in the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. The Tasmanian animals count as real specialties in Hungary, because there are only three other zoos in Europe where you can find them.
What is more, two employees of the zoo spent two weeks in Tasmania with Molly and Wally to get ready for their care and to be able to look after them. The animals were welcomed by a huge inquiring public, István Tarlós, the mayor of Budapest and John Griffin, the ambassador of Australia. Tarlós was extremely happy and satisfied as he told, he almost got his beloved and missing koalas. Griffin also gladly greeted the two new members of the Australian community in Hungary.
The Australian animals count as specialties for two reasons in the Australian section of the Zoo. Firstly, wombats were last introduced in Hungary almost forty years ago, secondly, apart from the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, only two German and a Belgian zoo have wombats.
Therefore it’s not a surprise that they were treated like royalty, but were shy a little bit when so many cameras were taking photos about them.
One of the good news is, that from 3 December until 24 December those who are 14 years old or younger can meet Molly and Wally for free. On the other hands it’s more exciting to visit the zoo from now, by all means.