Handlers at an animal sanctuary in north-east Australia were mystified when their star attraction, Tonka the wombat, was brought low by a mystery illness.
Tonka shed 20 percent of his body weight after Cyclone Yasi devastated his home at the Billabong Sanctuary, near Townsville, Queensland, closing it to visitors for eight weeks.
The Sanctuary manager said that it was only after 'forking out serious cash' in vet checks and lab bills that they found out the problem.
The primadonna wombat was suffering from depression brought on by a lack of cuddles.
After the cyclone he missed the public - the patting, the photos, the cuddles and the endless posing for the paparazzi.'
Now, with a bit of TLC, Tonka is being nursed back to full strength in time for the popular tourist attraction to reopen this weekend.
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