Friday, February 03, 2017

Cute as

The Australian wombat is a delightful creature when it is young. Once it becomes mature, it is not necessarily so nice, very strong and perhaps aggressive and as for most creatures, there is the urge to reproduce.  Interestingly that while the wombat is a marsupial, meaning it has a pouch for its live embryo, its pouch faces backwards, probably to stop it being filled by dirt when the wombat digs its burrow. Farmers are not so keen on wombats. As well as eating the grass, wombat burrows can collapse when livestock stand on them and may break a leg, and that can't be easily treated.

In my childhood, a neighbour had a baby wombat. It was great fun. It charged around their house like a bull on steroids. I wonder what happened to it.

Somewhere in the mists of Australian tv history was Fatso the Wombat, but I don't remember.

There are three varieties of wombats in Australia. We see the common southern wombat, but one of the wombat species is on the endangered list, that is is the northern hairy nosed wombat. Charlie Downunder in Oz tells us all about it.

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  1. We have our very own North American marsupial, the lowly opossum. Lots of people think they're cute, but I'm not much of a fan.

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    1. Jennifer

      Australia has possums too. Possums, kangaroos and wombats are apparently all part of the one animal group, but the wombat stands out because it burrows so well.

      I am not a huge fan of possums either; they drive us nuts, running around on top of the ceiling, having loud sex and eating the fruit from the top of our trees. But they are protected! So I call Peter The Possum Man to catch and transfer them to the countryside.

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    2. Jennifer and Hels, while our marsupials have a connection to South and Central American marsupials, there is not a know connection to your opossum. I think wombats are also the only marsupial that burrows. I heard that because possums are so territorial, they often don't survive a move to another area.

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  2. Andrew looks like a small pig

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  3. What a unique animal, interesting. Warm greetings!

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    1. Blogoratti, no shortage of unique animals in Australia.

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  4. Anonymous8:19 am

    Fatso the Fat Arsed Wombat was an unofficial Olympic mascot created by Roy and HG. My favourite was the Muddle Headed Wombat played on ABC Radio by Leonard Teale and then John Ewart and created by Ruth Park. Back in the days of the Argonauts. - Ian

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    1. Ian, that's right. I had forgotten about Fatso. I remember Sister being very fond of the book Muddle Headed Wombat.

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  5. I guess I'm not as old as I thought I was - I only remember John Ewart playing the Muddle Headed Wombat on the Argonauts. Such a charming children's radio show. One of the highlights of my young life was hearing my name called out on my birthday.

    Back to wombats... I recall seeing one in our backyard from time when I was young. Certainly haven't seen any for many years.

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    1. Rozzie, I can remember John Ewart, but not the wombat on the Argonauts. I have a vague memory of my name being read out for my birthday but I can't remember when or on what medium. I've seen the in the countryside when we travelled.

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  6. Wombats look so strong and they do have a very strong breast I believe. Don't often see one though.

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    1. Margaret, tens of thousands of damaged cars will attest to the toughness of wombats. I suppose them being mainly nocturnal means we don't see them too often.

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  7. Crikey Andrew ..... I didn't tell you ALL about the hairy-nosed bloke. They sure are interesting critters, aye?? Well worth googling. The square poos bit is very interesting. Mum and Dad have seen those square poos so it's really true. I've seen heaps of wombats on my travels with Mum and Dad. Dad LOVES wombats. Makes you wonder why they'd chose me, aye?? I'm as skinny and delicate as a wombat is fat and tough. Built like a brick, you know what, house Dad always says. Dad also loves Roy and HG and he and Mum remember well Fatso the fat arsed wombat. He was a bit before my time. thanks for the mention, Andrew. That was so nice of you.

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    1. Charlie, further reading tells me that if they are a human pet when they are young, they can continue to be a pet in adulthood. That is not what I remember. They become too rough and rambunctious. You may be skinny, Charlie, but I doubt you so delicate. If was funny to be reminded of Fatso.

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  8. That sounds like some humans!

    Wombats are so cute; I think they're love...I can't say either about some humans, though! :)

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    1. Lee, most animals are without artifice, unlike we humans.

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  9. For a minute I thought Fatso was the pet wombat in the show A Country Practice, but Now I remember that was a pig and had a different name, he used to love drinking beer.

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    1. River, I remembered, or thought I did, the same thing, the wombat in A Country Practice, not that I watched it really, but it was a very popular tv show. If we both have the same memory, there must have been one. I can't remember the pig at all.

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  10. They really are cute when little.. the video was definitely awwwwww worthy, so sweet 😊

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    1. They are so cute, Grace. I did notice its massive claws though when it was having its tummy scratched though.

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  11. Fatso the wombat was indeed in A Country Practice (and was apparently played by three separate wombats).

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    1. Thanks Ad Rad. Yes, I suppose they don't have a long life span and certainly would not be juvenile for too long.

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  12. That's so darn cute.

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    1. Yep Strayer, not all our critters kill.

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