Fun Facts about Wombats

21 October 2011

October 22 is Wombat Day. I know, it seems like yesterday it was Wombat Day. Sadly it only comes around once a year. I have compiled some interesting tidbits to help you get to know your little marsupial friends.

There are four species of Wombats:

Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat or Yaminon (Lasiorhinus krefftii)

Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)

Southern Blue/grey-eyed Wombat (Alissorhinus Flumin)

Wombats do not like leaving their comfort zone.

Wombats are Australian marsupials; they are short-legged, muscular quadrupeds, approximately 1 meter in length with a short, stubby tail.

Wombats are musical.  They can play the piano, piccolo and oboe.

Wombats dig extensive burrow systems with rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws.

Playing the Baby Game with a wombat is a great way to spend an afternoon.

The wombat’s backwards pouch allows them when digging to not gather dirt in its pouch over its young.

Wombats get into arguments with pigs.

Although mainly crepuscular and nocturnal, wombats also venture out to feed on cool or overcast days.

The wombat will drop everything if a bluebird is around.

The Wombat’s diet consists mostly of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots.

Wombats can tell time but they never remember their bed time.

Wombats’ fur color can vary from a sandy color to brown, or from grey to black.

One strawberry satisfies a hungry wombat.

Humans who accidentally find themselves in an affray with a wombat may find it best to scale a tree until the animal calms and leaves.

Wombats cannot ride a bicycle.

Dingos and Tasmanian Devils prey on wombats.

Wombats should not be allowed to talk to males until they are at least 35-years-old.

When attacked, wombats dive into a nearby tunnel, using their rump to block a pursuing attacker.

Even if it is 100 degrees outside, it is recommended that a wombat wear a sweater.

Wombats have poor eyesight.

Wombats like to sleep in old Peachtree Road Race t-shirts.

Wombats look somewhat like a little bear. A little bear is also called a cub.

Never correct a wombat because they are too stubborn to see your point.

Wombats do donkey kicks to defend their selves.

Bears and wombats are best friends forever.

Individual wombats live in a series of burrows called warrens.

Pigs and wombats are beyond best friends forever.

There you go. Happy Wombat Day.



One Response to “Fun Facts about Wombats”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    “The wombat will drop everything if a bluebird is around.”
    I like this bit.

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