Tasmania Has Job Opening for ‘Chief Wombat Cuddler’

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TASMANIA — Job opening! Whether you love or hate your current profession, here’s a position you might be happier in: Chief Wombat Cuddler.

Tourism Tasmania is holding a contest for Australian residents to meet 8-month-old Derek, a sweet little guy who is melting the Internet’s collective heart.

“Not only will you and a friend be flown from your nearest Australian capital city to Tasmania’s Flinders Island to smother our little friend with cuddles, you’ll get to spend three nights exploring Derek’s island home,” the contest’s website says.

Derek has been with caretaker Kate Mooney, the “Wombat Lady of Flinders Island,” since December 2015, when she rescued him from his mother’s pouch after the mother was hit by a car. He’s currently an only child because he is the only wombat who needs constant care, but 15 others live on her property and will stay there until they’re mature enough to return to the wild.

Video of Derek became a viral sensation across Australia, so the social media team decided to leverage the exposure with the contest.

So far, Tourism Tasmania has received over 3,000 entries. Applicants have until April 16 to describe in 25 words or less why they’re the best person to fulfill the role of Chief Wombat Cuddler.

Whether or not you can apply, you can watch the video on repeat, so let’s all thank Derek for making our day a little brighter.

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