The Wombat’s Fur

The Wombat’s Fur

The wombat’s fur is soft, silky, smooth and thick. The wombat’s fur has a large impact on the wombat’s cuteness or appearance. Its fur makes it look like it’s a stuffed toy. If a wombat stood still and motionless for a few seconds, one will really mistook it for a stuffed toy or a fake one.

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There are different kinds of wombat fur colors. Brown, black, gray, sandy beige are the usual wombat fur colors. For some wombats they even have some mottled patterns. Making them having combination of colors in their furs, and that makes them extremely cuter.

Wombat fur is beautiful. Way back then, it was not yet illegal or prohibited to kill a wombat for its fur. There are some people who hunt wombats for their fur. And they sell them to designers or high-end clothing manufacturers. Wombat fur is expensive, because of its very high quality. They usually use wombat fur to make expensive coats, luxurious scarves or neck mufflers and ear muffs. But now, killing a wombat for its fur is strictly prohibited and illegal. There are legal actions to be taken if an individual is reported or been seen doing such a thing. This kind of action was taken to protect the wombat community from extinction.

The fur of wombats is essential for their survival. Because their fur helps them to control their body temperatures. Because they need to keep their selves warm. When it’s very cold, they might die. So there’s a reason why the wombat’s fur is thick and its not because it looks good on them.

There’s one disadvantage with the wombat’s fur. Wombats are usually grabbed by their predators or captors by it’s fur. That’s one disadvantage of the wombat’s fur.

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Wombats only take simple measure on how to take care of their fur. When their furs get dampen by rain, dewdrops from bushes/grasses/small trees, or by small puddles made by rain, what they do is they take a dust bath. They roll around in dust covering every inch of their fur with dust. In that way, the damp fur will dry more quickly. Most people mistook it as the wombat is just lazing around the dirt, whenever they see a wombat taking a dust bath. Now, there’s the story behind the wombat’s fur, a simple in-depth look.

The Wombat’s Defense System

The Wombat’s Defense System

Defend Yourself Wombat

When you look at a wombat, all you can think about is that it’s cute, furry, looks like a stuffed toy and only eats grasses and is defenseless. But the truth is, a wombat is not defenseless at all. Believe it or not the automobile (any kind) is the wombat’s worst nightmare. Wombats are nocturnals and because of this they go out at night and one more thing about wombats is that they have poor eyesight they can’t easily notice or tell if there’s a car or truck up ahead or coming towards their way and they always end up getting ran over, ending up as “roadkill”. In this kind of situation wombats do seem to be defenseless.
But when it comes to humans and other predatory animals trying to eat, hurt or harm them, they have a defense system against these kinds of situations.

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Predatory animals that can likely take a wombat are Dingoes and . Most of the time Dingoes or Tasmanian Devils run after the wombat. The wombat will run as fast as it can towards its burrow. Once the wombat is on its way to its burrow there’s a possibility that a dingo or a Tasmanian devil can get a hold of the wombat’s furry back or behind. When this happens the wombat’s defense mechanism is kicking the predator. Wombats’ legs are very powerful and it can deliver 2-legged kicks. The wombat uses it’s both legs at the same time and deliver what people call or refer to as a “donkey kick”. This kick is so powerful that it’s capable of knocking the predator unconscious. And that gives the wombat an ample amount of time to go further inside its burrow. And once inside, the wombat is totally safe.

Humans can do the same thing like how dingoes and Tasmanian devils grab a wombat. To catch a wombat they also grab it by its fur. Once a wombat is attacked like this, the wombat kicks the dirt or sand below it so that the sand or dirt will go inside the human’s eyes, blinding it for a few seconds. And alas, the wombat can make its escape and make a quick dash inside its burrow.

But there are also times when wombats are not being attacked but they feel threatened or they’re about to be attacked. When they feel like this, they’ll be the one to attack first. This is how a wombat attacks a human. First, it’ll run very fast towards the human and as a result because of the wombat’s weight, its main goal is to bawl over or tip over the human. Once the human is down on the ground, the wombat will start using its claws to claw on the human and once the human starts to fight or exert effort to stop the wombat. The wombat will start biting the human with its sharp teeth.

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So the best thing to do, if you find yourself near a wombat or encounter a wombat is to find a tree or bushes and go hide behind it and wait patiently until the wombat leaves the place.

That’s why it’s best not to underestimate the wombat’s ability to defend itself.

Wombat Facts

Wombat Facts

Facts About Wombats

* Wombats are marsupials.

* Wombats belong to the Australian Marsupial group

* Wombats are herbivores.

* Wombats are nocturnal and crepuscular.

* Female Wombats have backwards-facing pouch.

* Female Wombats have 2 vaginae.

* Newborn Wombats are actually really only bean-sized

* Wombats love biting.

* Wombats are naturally playful and inquisitive.

* Wombats love scratching the part behind their ears.

* Wombats have poor eyesight.

* There are 3 species of Wombats. Namely, The Common Wombat, Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

* The Common Wombat’s scientific name is: Vombatus ursinus

* The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat’s scientific name is: Lasiorhinus krefftii

* The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat’s scientific name is: Lasiorhinus latifrons

* Wombats’ primary predators are the Tasmanian Devil, Dingoes and Wedge-Tail Eagle.

* Wombats are shy animals.

* Wombats have excellent sense of smell and hearing.

* Wombats are diggers.

* Wombats’ metabolism is extremely slow.

* Wombats mainly feed on grasses, roots, sedges, tree bark and fungi.

* Wombats are often mistaken to be Badgers.

* Wombats physical appearance is a cross between a bear and a pig.

* Wombats sexual maturity occurs at approximately 3 years of age.

* Wombat droppings are called scat.

* Wombats’ scat has a unique and distinctive smell.

* Wombats are well-adapted to it’s harsh environment.

* Wombats live in burrows.

* Wombats’ tails are useless and are very short.

* Wombats life span is up to 30 years.

* Wombats make sucking noises.

* Female Wombats give birth during the wet season ( November-April).

* Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats are critically endangered.

* Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats are also called Yaminon/s.

* It takes a Wombat a day to dig a burrow.

* Wombat fur is soft and silky.

* Wombat fur color is mostly brown, grey and black.

* Wombats are mainly found in Australia, to be specific in the Queensland area.

* Female Wombats are a little bigger than male wombats.

* Wombats live alone in their burrows.

* Wombats are considered to be pests by farmers.

* Wombat burrows also provide shelter for some rabbits.

* A Wombat can run at 40 kilometers an hour for a short distance.

* Wombats do donkey kicks to defend their selves.

* Wombats are very cute creatures but are very aggressive.

* Wombat scats can tell if a burrow is occupied or not and who the owner is.

* Wombats way of keeping their selves clean is by taking a dust bath.

* Wombats can swim.

* Baby Wombats (joey) stay with their mom for 2 years, but it depends on the sex of the baby wombat. Female baby wombats stay with their moms longer than male baby wombats.

Wombat Facts

Yep, those are the Facts About Wombats!

Wombat Habitat

Wombat Habitat

Wombats (Common Wombat) are mainly found in forested, mountainous and heathland areas of South-Eastern Australia and Tasmania. They can also be found in Badger Creek a village in Victoria and Badger Corner a village in Tasmania. The reason for this, as we have already mentioned in an earlier article is because early settlers of these areas often mistook wombats to be badgers since they have physical and behavior similarities.

Wombats are also widely-spread out in the cooler and better watered parts of Southern and Eastern Australia, including Tasmania and in mountain districts as far as the North and South of Queensland, but the wombat population is noticeable declining in the Western part of Victoria and South of Australia.

For a certain wombat specie, like the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, they are mainly found in Central Queensland. And these wombats prefer dry and grassy surroundings. Because the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is considered to be extinct and there are only 40-60 of this wombat specie left in Australia. That’s why they are only found in one place in the world. They can only be found in Epping Forest National Park in Central Queensland.

Wombats Habitat

The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, are found scattered in areas of semi-arid scrub and mallee from the Eastern Nullarbor plain to the New South Wales border area. Because Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats are arid-climate animals and they only live in a few areas of Southern part of South Australia and Western part of Australia. Primarily this wombat specie prefer living in arid regions, which is their natural habitat. Their biomes are classified to be desert.