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Yo-Yo Ma and a wombat meet on a bathroom floor. Seriously

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Mgets down bathroom floor with Wilbur Wombfrom Brookfield Zoo this week during benefit. The wombwas brought Harris

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma gets down on the bathroom floor with Wilbur the Wombat from Brookfield Zoo this week during a benefit. The wombat was brought to the Harris Theater because the zoo was a beneficiary from the event. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” snapped the picture of Ma horsing around with the wombat in a dressing room bathroom. | Photo by Peter Sagal via Twitter.

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Updated: December 15, 2011 11:01AM



Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma met Brookfield Zoo’s Wilbur the Wombat on the bathroom floor of Wilbur’s dressing room during a Chicago benefit Tuesday night.

The man and marsupial, both part of the Chicago Community Trust’s 96th anniversary event, were snapped cavorting near a Harris Theater urinal by Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”

Sagal, who interviewed Ma at the event, took the photo before the benefit started and sent it out on Twitter.

Ma asked for a “meet and greet” with Wilbur, who was there to showcase the zoo as one of the many grant recipients of the Chicago Community Trust, said Donna LaPietra, the event’s producer.

“He was done doing the rehearsal with the orchestra on stage and joined Wilbur in his dressing room,” she said. “Next thing you know he’s just down on the floor.”

LaPietra said Wilbur, Ma, Sagal and event emcee Bill Kurtis all had adjacent backstage dressing rooms. The four were crowded into Wilbur’s room, which included a space for makeup, mirrored lights and a private bathroom.

“Wilbur had a [dressing room] to himself and let me tell you, you would want it that way,” she said. “Don’t tell Wilbur he had a smaller dressing room than Yo-Yo Ma.”

For nearly 100 years, the Chicago Community Trust has given grants to organizations throughout the metro area. In 2010, the trust and its donors gave more than $100 million to a wide range of non-profit organizations, from arts groups to those focused on public health, poverty and the effects of violence.



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