DZGs baby Bennetts wallaby has been named Bernard after Aussie tennis player Bernard Tomic who opens his Wimbledon campaign this afternoon.
The joey, who has just left his mum Tazs pouch, has been named after the Australian No.1 on the first day of the championship at the All England Club.
DZG Team Leader Jay Haywood said: The joey has recently started leaving his mum’s pouch and after we determined he was a boy, we needed a name for him.
“We’ve now decided on Bernard, and thought naming him after an Australian star of Wimbledon would be an ace idea!
Four-month-old Bernard and his five-year-old mum, Taz, came to DZG in May from Woburn Safari Park.
His 22-year-old namesake Bernard Tomic, pictured above, was due to play his first-round match against German Jan-Lennard Struff at 2.30pm today.
And, if successful, the player ranked number 26 could go on to face titleholder Novak Djokovic in round three.
Australia – the native home of Bennett’s wallabies – is set to field its biggest contingent at Wimbledon for 20 years.
Not since 1995, a generation ago when Boris Becker, Pat Cash and Davis Cup captain Wally Masur were gracing the famous grass courts, has Australia boasted such strength in numbers at SW19.
Welcome Bernard – We think your new name is a winner!