Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wombat Wednesday

 Probably a one off and you know how I love alliteration as per the headline. Our wombat eats grass and other plant material. It is one of our marsupials, meaning when its very immature young are born they move to a pouch to develop into kiddie wombats. 

Generally our marsupials have an upward facing pouch but as wombats live in ground burrows they dig themselves, imagine what would happen to a forward facing pouch as a wombat clawed away at the earth and threw the soil backwards. So as you can see from this video taken by Sarah Leighton, the wombat's pouch faces backwards. What a wonder is evolution! 


 

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  1. What a strange animal ! I have never seen one or maybe in a zoo but I can't remember !

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    1. Gattina, we seem to specialise in strange animals here.

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  2. Oh my. A built in baby pack.
    They are both soooo cute.

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  3. Prince Charles used to call Prince William "Willie the Wombat."

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    1. Cynthia, filed away for a trivia night. Maybe because of Charles' schooling in Australia.

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  4. Lovely things. Wombat Wednesday has made me smile. Widely.
    Thank you.

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  5. Just beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Cheryl, you would have seen a few in your life.

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  6. The Wombat....

    Eats, Roots and Leaves.

    What a life.

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    1. Naughty Pippa. I forgot about that.

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  7. I have heard of your Wombats, but I did not know of their back facing pouches. Quite remarkable.

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    1. One of the main reasons for the pouch to be facing backwards is the Wombat digs tunnels. If the pouch were to face forwards, it would become filled up with dirt while the animal is digging.

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    2. Maribeth, just they are and very very strong and tough. You don't want to hit one in your car.

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  8. Good to see as I've never seen a baby wombat feeding from a pouch..

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    1. Margaret, I can't either that I remember.

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  9. It does look odd to see a wombat eating from both ends :)

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    1. River, muddled headed wombat?

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  10. Wombats are so cute. I had no idea about their pouches until last week when on some TV program I saw one with a baby looking out.

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    1. Ok Sami. You know already. Cute hey.

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  11. Wonderful wombats. Perfect pouch placement!

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    1. Strayer, how many millions of years did that take to evolve.

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  12. I did not know that Andrew, that's the cutest thing ever..although the thought of Aimee appearing down there between my legs not so appealing 😁😁

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    1. Grace, the first thing I thought is I hope the pouch is above the other bits of anatomy.

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  13. Anonymous9:16 am

    The title certainly got my attention - I think it should be a regular feature!!

    Do you know where the video was taken? I'd say it was at Wilson's Prom. You can see loads of wombats in the campground around dusk.

    Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, maybe another video of a young one in the offing. I don't know where it was taken but The Prom is as likely as anywhere.

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