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Drowning wombat rescued by Aussie fishermen off the coast of Tasmania

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LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA — A man and his stepfather made the wildest catch of their lives on Friday, when they netted a wombat trying to stay afloat in Central Tasmania. Craig Wilson and his stepdad Bob Wilton were enjoying a nice day out on the lake, when they spotted something moving around in the water. At first they thought it might be a duck-billed platypus, but they soon realized it was a wombat. The pair quickly extended a fishing pole to the creature, who managed to grab onto it long enough for the fishermen to figure out how to move the wombat onto the boat. Using their landing net, they caught the wet marsupial and pulled it aboard, after it initially resisted sitting in the net itself and tried to jump out. Wilson told The Advocate, the rescue mission lasted about 20 minutes. Clearly exhausted, the rescuers say the wombat shook itself off and just walked around their boat. The fishermen believe the fellow mammal drifted about 250 meters off shore, possibly after being swept up by a wave when foraging for food by the sand. Once back at shore, the fishermen set the wombat free, back into the bush. ----------------------------------------­­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: Check out our Android app: Check out our iOS app: Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: Stay connected with us here: Facebook Twitter @tomonewsus Google+ Instagram @tomonewsus

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