Zookeepers Share An Adorable Video Of A Koala And A Wombat Who Became Best Friends During The Lockdown

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Lockdown has separated many friends and family members; however, tough times can help unlikely friendships to blossom. That’s exactly how a koala named Elsa and Hope the wombat became besties while they were spending time together at Australian Reptile Park during the lockdown. Seriously, there are no better friends than these two. Just look at how cute they look together!

Meet Hope and Elsa, a couple of cuties who became best buddies during the lockdown

Image credits: Australian Reptile Park

The reptile park is located in Somersby, New South Wales and is one of the most popular attractions in the area. Sadly, as the lockdown started, the park had to close its doors to visitors.

Image credits: Australian Reptile Park

During this time, the animals could only spend time with each other and their caregivers.

Image credits: Australian Reptile Park

That’s how Elsa and Hope became friends. As it turns out, the wombat was occasionally placed in the koala enclosure when the keepers were cleaning her cage.

Image credits: Australian Reptile Park

After seeing each other for the first time, the odd couple instantly bonded and couldn’t leave each other’s side.

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“Elsa and Hope were seen interacting frequently. Keepers would watch on in awe as the pair bonded and greeted each other with a daily Eskimo nose kiss! It didn’t take long for them to become the best of friends!” a spokesperson for the park told Insider.

Image credits: Australian Reptile Park

“It’s not all that surprising that the two have become close friends,” Australian Reptile Park director Liz Gabriel told Insider. After all, wombats and koalas are close relatives.

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What both animals have in common is that they both are nocturnal. However, they have several differences. For instance, koalas prefer eating eucalyptus leaves and like spending most of their time in the trees.

Watch the video of their beautiful friendship below

Wombats, on the other hand, eat several types of grass, plants, and roots and are ground dwellers. However, these differences didn’t stop them from becoming lockdown BFFs. After noticing how attached they both are, the keepers allowed them to enjoy each other’s company as much as possible.

Earlier last year, Elsa went viral after the park released a video of her as a newborn baby. People couldn’t believe how adorable she was. Now she’s sharing the attention with her cute friend Hope.

Here’s how people reacted

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