The position of 'Chief Wombat Cuddler' is open

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:46 PM

Tourism Tasmania is holding a contest for Australian residents to meet 8-month-old Derek, a sweet tiny guy who's melting the Internet'south collective heart."Not only will you and a companion be flown from your nearest Australian capital city to Tasmania'south Flinders Island to smother our tiny companion with cuddles, you'll obtain to spend three nights exploring Derek'south island home," the contest'south website says.

The position of 'Chief Wombat Cuddler' is open

Whether you like or detest your job, here'south 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 tiny guy who's melting the Internet'south collective heart.

"Not only will you and a companion be flown from your nearest Australian capital city to Tasmania'south Flinders Island to smother our tiny companion with cuddles, you'll obtain to spend three nights exploring Derek'south island home," the contest'south website says.

The idea came about after Sean Scott, an Australian photographer who's traveling around the country to capture images for Tourism Australia, visited the island and met Kate Mooney, the "Wombat Lady of Flinders Island." She's been looking after the island'south orphaned wombat joeys for decades, having nursed more than one hundred of them back to health over the years.

Derek has been with Mooney since December two thousand fifteen, when she rescued him from his mother'south pouch after the mother was hit by a car. He'south currently an "only child" because he'south Mooney'south only wombat who needs fixed care, but fifteen others live on her property and will stay there until they're mature sufficient to return to the wild.

Scott shot some cute footage of Derek running around the beach, and Tourism Tasmania uploaded it to the Web. Unsurprisingly, Derek was 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 sixteen to characterize in twenty-fifth 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 look the video on repeat, so let'south all thank Derek for making our day a little brighter.

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