18 February 2014
Riding in a buggy through the Zoo, accompanied by enamored paparazzi is all in a normal day for our baby wombat Milo, who just had his first trip to the dentist! The one-and-a-half year old common wombat was joined by Australia Zoo vet Mel and vet nurse Tara to check on his ever-growing teeth.
After gently administering the anesthetic, our dedicated veterinary team took a peek inside Milo's mouth for the first time. It seems that mum Minibus taught him well on how to take care of his teeth, as Mel gave Brave Milo the all-clear and rewarded him with his favourite food - sweet potato!
Milo was born to mum Minibus and dad Tonka at Australia Zoo in September last year. While he is boisterous and confident like his dad, he never strays too far from mum's side.
You can often catch Minibus and Milo wandering around the Zoo on their harnesses together, finding tree roots to gnaw on. These tough roots are actually vital for wearing down our wombats continuously growing teeth - so it is the equivalent of us giving ours a brush to keep them in good condition!
Fortunately Milo won't have to make a trip to the dentist for another year. His teeth will continue to grow to compensate for the tough, fibrous grasses in his vegetarian diet, and will be kept healthy with enrichment activities.
Go behind-the-scenes with us and check out Milo's day at the dentist here.