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World's oldest wombat turns 33 at Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo.
Toronto Zoo. Image by JasonParis / CC BY 2.0

Hamlet, the world’s oldest wombat, turned 33 on Sunday at the Toronto Zoo. Though the typical lifespan of wombats is 15 years, Hamlet is edging closer to the oldest wombat on record, who died in 2009 aged 34 years and seven months. Hamlet spends his days digging in the sand, pushing things around his enclosure and eating microwaved veggies. Zoo officials report that he suffers from typical maladies related with old age, but he receives regular medical checkups. Read more: thestar.com