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White Wombat, Albino Southern Hairy-Nosed Marsupial, Discovered In Australian Outback (PHOTOS) (VIDEO)

Rare white wombats have been pictured in the Australian outback, their hog-like albino faces dusted in a layer of light fawn fur instead of the more customary dark brown covering.

Peering out from the undergrowth, it is extremely rare to find a white wombat, though brown versions of the Australian marsupial can be spotted all over the country.

Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats, like these colourless critters, are sometimes called Bulldozers of the Bush. Wombats are often blamed for munching through gardens, tearing through plant life and destroying fences.

These compact diggers have short muscular legs that power their way across dusty plains, and teeth that never stop growing.

The cute white wombats were found struggling to survive, weak through lack of food and nourishment

Wombat rescuer Val Salmon told the Sydney Morning Herald she has only seen one white wombat in her 40 years working with wombats.

"It's mind-boggling - just so unusual," Salmon told the Australian newspaper. The 54-year-old runs the Wombat and Fauna Rescue centre on the west coast of South Australia.

Discovered in the outback, their white fur means they could be easily eaten. Rescued by Salmon, the tired and hungry white wombats will now live a life of luxury in the rescue centre, safe from foxes or wild dogs. Wombats are a protected species, after burgeoning dingo populations made the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat almost extinct.

Normal wombats are usually dark brown or a tan colour