Creative Wombat – Common Wombat (Vombatus Ursinus)
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Wombats are Australian marsupials (pouched mammals) native to mainland Australia and Tasmania and have very short muscular legs and are the closest relative to the Koala. They have a backwards facing pouch so that when they are nursing young in their pouch they can still dig burrows and not fill their pouch with soil. The wombat establishes a range for itself of up to 23 hectares and digs a tunnel system consisting of a main tunnel of 2 to 20 metres long with many side tunnels.
A unique defence of the wombat is the toughened, very thick hide over its rear. This cartilaginous plate over the rump and the lack of a decent tail, makes it very difficult for a predator to extricate a wombat from its burrow if it goes in headfirst then blocks the entrance with its rump
Wombats are herbivores, feeding on grasses and roots and they dig long extensive burrow systems with their powerful claws. Although the wombats at Zoos or WIldlife parks are diurnal, in the wild, wombats are nocturnal and will rarely venture out during the day.
Habitat destruction has had a major impact on the wombat. Although they are mostly protected, they still fall prey to dingoes, foxes. Tasmanian devils (in Tasmania), dog attacks and many become road kill. Young wombats may be taken by eagles, owls and eastern quolls. Many wombats fall prey to sarcoptic mange which has been introduced by human activity.
Photographed at Shoalhaven Zoo, Nowra which is more like an animal resort.
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