Australian's best-known wombat, George, has left the home he's known since he was rescued from his mother's pouch after she was killed on the NSW Central Coast in 2016.
George has been living at the Australian Reptile Park but on Friday was transferred to his new digs at Ceder Creek Wombat Sanctuary.
"We are sad to see George go and miss him already," reptile park general manager Tim Faulkner said.
"There will always be that empty space beside my desk where he used to sleep."
The adorable marsupial will initially need to start digging burrows in a large enclosure at the sanctuary before he's released to frolic with other wombats in the wider 90-hectare Ceder Creek park.
"He can just come and go into the enclosure as he pleases after he is released," reptile park spokesperson Rebecca Plumridge told AAP on Friday.
George the wombat became famous after his mother was hit and killed by a car while he was still in her pouch in October 2016. A passerby took him to the Australian Reptile Park.
The little wombat won over the general public after he was filmed bonding with the park's general manager, who was tasked with feeding, nursing and raising the orphaned marsupial.
One video posted online generated more than 40 million views worldwide and a poll in September 2017 named George as Australia's "most adorable animal".
Australian Associated Press