Australia is sending the new royal princess a Tasmanian wool blanket, and help for a tiny possum

A Mountain Pygmy-possum. Source: supplied

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new daughter, born in London on Saturday morning, is getting a present from the Australian people.

Prime minister Tony Abbott announced this afternoon that a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino at Waverley Woollen Mills is off to the new princess as soon as the ladies from the ACT Embroiderers’ Guild have had a chance to sew the national emblem, wattle, onto it.

Her other gift is a $10,000 donation to Healesville Sanctuary to support its conservation work for the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus). Less than 2000 survive in the wild and the Sanctuary runs a captive breed program for Australia’s only hibernating marsupial.

“I hope one day the princess can visit Australia and hold a Mountain Pygmy-possum herself,” the prime minister said.

Abbott’s marsupial follows on from former PM Kevin Rudd’s $10,000 donation to bilby research when the royal couple’s first child, Prince George, was born. The prince was also sent Mem Fox’s Possum Magic and a bilby stuffed toy.

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