Patrick the wombat joins Tinder

  • 25/08/2015
Patrick the wombat (Facebook/Patrickthewombat)
Patrick the wombat (Facebook/Patrickthewombat)

By 3 News online staff

Patrick is 29, single and looking for love on Tinder.

That sounds pretty normal in this new-age dating world, save for the fact Patrick is a wombat at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

The Victoria park's oldest resident bachelor has never had much luck with females, with his handlers saying he's too much of a sensitive, new-age wombat – or SNAW for short.

In an attempt to help him find love, the park's staff have set Patrick up with his own Tinder account, ABC News reports.

His chilled out demeanour isn't typical of other wombats.

"The male wombat has to be very aggressive towards the female, and Patrick just isn't a very aggressive wombat," park owner Julia Leonard said.

"So he chooses to be single."

He hasn't had any matches yet, but his Facebook page has already garnered 30,000 likes.

Staff are preparing for the marsupial's 30th birthday this weekend a plan to hold a party with any "potential Tinderellas".

Ms Leonard says aside from the attention, Patrick is likely to get some carrots and grass.

Patrick is the oldest bare-nosed wombat in captivity and has already lived longer than the average 15 to 20 years expected in captivity and even longer than in the wild.

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