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Orphaned wombat joey plays like a puppy in a hilarious video

An orphaned wombat joey threw around toys and span around like a puppy in a hilarious video that has taken social media by storm.

The 12-month-old southern hairy nose wombat, named Woodrow, was filmed by wildlife carer Kym Haywood at Pumpkin's Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary in Boston, South Australia - just north of Port Lincoln.

"Woodrow, when he had his playtime just does his little zoomies," Mrs Haywood told ACM.

"Wombats do that when they get full of energy, they do that in the wild as well, do 360s and do their little run arounds.

"People forget that wombats are fast animals - they can run up 40 kilometres per hour."

Woodrow the wombat (pictured) chewed a toy and span around like a puppy in a viral video

Woodrow the wombat (pictured) chewed a toy and span around like a puppy in a viral video

Mrs Haywood has been caring for Woodrow for two months after his mother died in the Murraylands earlier this year.

"Woodrow was found in the Murraylands after his mum was hit by a car and killed," she said.

"He was rescued from the pouch and looked after by an interim carer before we took him in."

Mrs Haywood looks after Woodrow and his younger eight-month-old "brother" Tadmow at their animal sanctuary - along with 26 kangaroos.

Woodrow (right) and his younger "brother" Tadmow (left) play together

Woodrow (right) and his younger "brother" Tadmow (left) play together

Both of the southern hairy nose wombat joeys are currently being cared for indoors but will eventually be transferred to large outdoor enclosures

"They're just babies, they can't go outside. Woodrow, he's got an indoor pen. Tadmow is in a cot. Once they're bigger, they will go outside in a small enclosure," Mrs Haywood said.

"They'll stay there for a small amount of time, and then go to a bigger enclosure where they can dig down to 2 metres deep and dig their own burrows like they would in nature.

"Woodrow and Tadmow will live here at our sanctuary for life. They have to live their life in sanctuaries as it's illegal to re-release orphaned animals in South Australia."

Woodrow is pictured after being saved from his dead mother's pouch

Woodrow is pictured after being saved from his dead mother's pouch

Mrs Haywood filmed Woodrow doing "zoomies", which are frenetic random activity periods often associated with dogs.

She posted the clip to her Facebook page on Saturday, where it has since amassed more than 700,000 views.

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Mrs Haywood said she received many comments about people wanting to keep wombats as pets but she stressed that wombats are not domesticated animals.

"They are wildlife, they're not pets," she said.

Mrs Haywood began Pumpkin's Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary, a non-for-profit charity, five years ago.

Wildlife carer Kym Haywood with Tadmow, one of two wombats in her care

Wildlife carer Kym Haywood with Tadmow, one of two wombats in her care

"Five years ago, I never realised I was going to be doing this. I started caring for one joey, got my permits and became a carer. Then, more joeys kept coming in," she said.

"We're completely self-funded. Without donations, we couldn't take in so many animals.

"Our land is currently full and we can't keep any more kangaroos, but we will always take in joeys in need."

Mrs Haywood said looking after native Australian animals has dramatically improved her mental wellbeing.

"They've done wonders for my mental health. Here's me thinking I was helping them - but really they were helping me,' she said.

In addition to Woodrow, another famous marsupial called "Rufus the Couch Kangaroo" (pictured) lives at Pumpkin's Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary

In addition to Woodrow, another famous marsupial called "Rufus the Couch Kangaroo" (pictured) lives at Pumpkin's Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary

In addition to Woodrow, another famous marsupial called "Rufus the Couch Kangaroo" lives at Pumpkin's Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary.

Rufus frequently wanders in the Haywood house to relax on the couch in the evenings.

To support Pumpkin's Patch Kangaroo Sanctuary, follow "Rufus the Couch Kangaroo" on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.