Wombat

Meet the Wombat; he’s Australian, slow and rather dim-witted. As if the three were separable! Hurrah!

Huzzah!

Huzzah!

He really is a smasher isn’t he? A lazy smasher at that! This affable chap likes to take things easy, he’ll spend about sixteen hours a day snoozing away. Wombats are grazers and have such an efficient digestive system they only need to eat about a third of the amount a sheep or similar grass-eater would chow down on, incredibly it will take 14 days for one meal to be fully digested. What’s more they need even less water, about 20% of a sheep’s requirement. This unbelievably slow metabolism is an adaptation to the arid, nutrient-low bush in which he lives, he also uses it as an excuse as to why he just can’t seem to fit into those britches anymore.

... and the winner of the ...

... and the winner of the ...

After this epic bit of digestion our dawdling chum will poo out a cube of dung… yes really… a cube. Wombat use their dung as a marker of their territory and it’s thought that he makes these rather angular plops so that they don’t roll away. Exactly how the Wombat does this incredible bit of bottom crafting even I don’t want to know.

Woot! It's a little known fact that it's a physical impossibility to have enough pictures of Wombats in a single essay.

Woot! It's a little known fact that it's a physical impossibility to have enough pictures of Wombats in a single essay.

There are three species of Wombat; the Common, the Southern Hairy Nosed and the incredibly scarce Northern Hairy Nosed… the latter is one of the rarest Mammals on the planet only living in a three square kilometre patch of protected land. Sadly the native grasses on which he barely gets a meal are being out-competed by invading species.

One last thing about this smasher his bum is tough as an old boot. If a Wombat comes across a predator such as a Dingo, he skedaddles to his nearest burrow. Indeed he can be there in a jiffy as he really can motor. Once the Wombat is in his burrow he is really rather fine and dandy. He blocks the end with his cartilaginous derriere as any predator will have difficulty getting a purchase on his rock-hard bot. Of course with his head in the sand and his arse in the air we can draw no parallels with him and the Australian Cricket Team. Hurrah!

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Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 11:06 am  Comments (19)  

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  1. Hey, who are you calling slow-witted?

    Ah well, I’m not sure that wit is as useful in the world as a tough hide, anyway.

  2. Aaaah you know we all think you’re fine and dandy!

  3. Hmmmm…needs MORE wombat pictures.

  4. I love wombats! Didn’t see any in Oz but I am going back to find them and commune with them.

  5. Who named this poor animal wombat? I’ve been told it has no womb and it is not a bat.

  6. [...] am familiar with some of the continent’s fauna–koalas, kangaroos, dingos, and even the wombat.  I, however, never remember being told that Australia hosts about 1 million camels and that this [...]

  7. wow wombats really are cool :D:D:D:D

  8. wombats are so cooool i want one not any wombat one that brings me water

    • i’ll take more care of him than anybody else

  9. Wombats are my favourite animal! Another fun fact to add is that their pouch is backwards so that when momma wombat digs in the ground, the dirt doesn’t go into the pouch and hurt the little mini wombat inside.

    On a different note, I love your blog. I didn’t even know half these animals existed and now I’m totally fascinated. Keep up the good work!

  10. HUZZAH—-Pretty Awsomeigde

  11. You, my friend, win.

  12. wombats are sexy. nuff said.

  13. Did you know you can use their droppings to make paper!!! Save a tree!!! :)

  14. the wombat is very beutiful and is small and big.-el wombat es muy bonito y es pequeño y grande…

  15. Viva la wombat!

  16. that is such a filthee wombat!!

  17. “Buns of Steel”, eh?

  18. you are sooo mean to australian people i am one them and wombats right who are you calling dim witted they are not dimwitted


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