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Wednesday 30 March 2016

The search is on to discover a "Chief Wombat Cuddler"

A search is on to find a "Chief Wombat Cuddler" - but you'll need to be quick and you must be Australian to qualify. 

Tourism Tasmania has announced it is seeking applicants to win a three-night trip to Flinders Island to spend quality time smothering an orphaned baby wombat with attention.

Derek, an eight-month-old wombat joey from Flinders Island, went viral when a video of him darting along one of the island’s white beaches was posted on social media. 

Derek was discovered in his dead mother’s pouch after the mother was hit by a car in December. 

The Chief Wombat Cuddler is a position only open to Australian residents and entrants must detail “why you’re the best person to fill the role of Chief Wombat Cuddler”.

The winner and a friend will be flown from their nearest Australian capital city to Tasmania as part of the prize.

Tourism Tasmania chief executive John Fitzgerald told the Hobart Mercury the idea for the competition was spontaneous.

“When the Derek wombat video went viral on social media, it provided us with a perfect opportunity to keep people talking and thinking about Tassie,” he said.

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