Courtesy of Tasmania Tourism
July 01, 2016

Justin Johnstone might just have had the best job on the planet, if only for a day.

After an extensive recruiting process, he beat out 13,000 other applicants and was named Chief Wombat Cuddler by Tourism Tasmania.

Last month, he spent a day at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary cuddling with internet sensation Derek the Wombat and getting an introduction to wildlife rescue. Derek found fame because of a clip of him running around:

The orphaned marsupial's popularity inspired the tourism board to launch a search for the heartwarming position.

Courtesy of Tasmania Tourism

To get the job, Johnstone wrote a 25-word essay explaining why he was the best person to fill the role. In addition to cuddling with Derek, his prize also included a three-night trip to Flinders Island for him and a friend.

Courtesy of Tasmania Tourism

While the trip was surely exciting, it may be more impressive that he can add "Chief Wombat Cuddler" to his resume.

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