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Dog's life for wallaby Wenna
Play-mates - Wenna the wallaby and pet dog Brook.

An orphaned wallaby has amazed her keepers by befriending a dog.

Wenna the wallaby is being hand-reared by staff from the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, after his mother died earlier this year.

Keeper Natalie Kershaw kept her warm in an old rucksack when she was younger.

Since then Wenna has become inseparable from Natalie's two-year-old border collie Brook although she will soon move to her permanent home at the zoo.

Natalie became the wallaby's surrogate mother after the wallaby's own mum, Winnie, died of natural causes in May 2005.

The tiny bald wallaby was kept warming using an old rucksack to mimick her mother's pouch, and fed every couple of hours.

"Wenna has made fantastic progress and it has been very rewarding to watch just how quickly she has developed," said Natalie.

"In the wild she would have died along with her mother. it is great to know I was able to do my part in ensuring the survivial of such a beautiful creature."

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