Can Wombat fur be sheared?

Can Wombat fur be sheared?

Question from Crystal:

Can wombat fur be sheared like sheeps’ or lambs’ wool?

The Wombat Answers:

It can’t be sheared. Because wombats need their fur to control their body temperature.

Does a wombat have a tail?

Does a wombat have a tail?

Question from Nadin (Germany):

Does a wombat have a tail?

The Wombat Answers:

Yes, wombats do have tails. But they’re useless and are very short, almost unnoticeable.

Is Wombat Meat Edible?

Is Wombat Meat Edible?

Question from Nathan (USA):

I am in search of weird animal meat and I came across of this roadkill list and seen wombats on the list. Is wombat meat edible? And if yes, does it tastes good?

The Wombat Answers:

You can eat wombat meat. But I heard and read that it does not tastes good and the meat is very tough since they do a lot of digging they have tight muscles.

Do wombats have sharp teeth?

Do wombats have sharp teeth?

Question from Tina:

Do wombats have sharp teeth?

The Wombat Answers:

Yes, wombats have sharp teeth. And one more thing about these sharp teeth is that they grow back their entire lifetime. So if they lose one it’ll just grow back again.

How does the Wombats Digestive System work?

How does the Wombats Digestive System work?

Question from Tonita:

hi my name is Tonita and i am doing a assingment on the digestive system of two animals and the hairy nosed wombat is one of them, it would really help me if you could send me some diagrams and some information on this if possible. thank you for your time =)

The Wombat Answers:

Before answering your question, we would like to apologize first because as of now we can’t provide you of a diagram of a hairy-nosed wombat’s digestive system.

Now, with your question here is our answer:

There are 2 species of hairy nose wombats: The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

Whether it’s a hairy nosed or just a common wombat, all wombats have very slow metabolic rate or metabolism, and as a result they’re chubby animals. For all species of wombats the food that they eat passes through their digestive system for 8-14 days, which makes them extract the maximum amount of nutrients from the food that they eat.

The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, mostly eats different kinds of grasses. Unlike other wombat specie that eat other kinds of plant matter. Some grass type that they eat are: tussock or spear. But during times of drought they dig out the dried out grasses and eat the roots instead. They eat or graze for 2-6 hours every night, chewing very slowly.

The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, which is the smallest among the wombat species commonly eats, grasses, juicy plant stems, tree barks, herbs or also at times small fungi like mushrooms. This wombat specie has an extraordinarily slow metabolism compared to it’s other relatives. They eat for 4-6 hours every night moving from patches of grasses or plants to another.

The main reason why the wombat’s metabolism is very slow is because it doesn’t eat very nutritious type of food. In short, it has a very poor diet which is low in protein and very high in fiber. Because of this they have to conserve and be more conscious of their energy consumption. By digesting their food for 8-14 days, they’re able to squeeze out all the nutrients that they can get from the food that they eat, for them to be able to survive the poor diet that they have. Plus wombat don’t drink lots of water, the water they drink is mostly dew drops from the grasses and leaves that they eat, this goes for hairy wombats because common wombats love to drink water.

We hope that this answered your question, and in the future we’ll post some wombat’s digestive diagrams here at So keep on checking it out.

Why do wombats sleep on their backs?

Why do wombats sleep on their backs?

Question from Lee Junseok:

Why wombats sleep on their backs?

Just that position fits in their


Is there another reason why

wombats sleep on their backs?


The Wombat Answers:

The wombat’s burrow is not that spacious, but a wombat has an ample enough space for it to move around in it’s burrow. There are actually 2 wombat sleeping position. The curled up position and the laying on it’s back position. Like us (humans), when we are relaxed and ready to sleep, the usual sleeping position that we position ourselves to, is either laying on our back or on our side.

When a wombat sleeps on it’s back, it means that they’re relaxed and ready to get into deep sleep.

If a wombat feels a need to control their body temperature usually by keeping themselves warm, they use the curled up position. The curled up position is similar to hugging or covering oneself with a blanket. And is effective in keeping the wombat warm. Specially during rainy season and winter.

I hope this answer satisfied your curiosity.

Wombat Story 1 – Bradly the Different Wombat

Wombat Story 1 – Bradly the Different Wombat

Bradly: The “Different” Wombat

There was once a warren, where Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats lived. Among these wombats lived a mother and a young little wombat. A young boy named, Bradly.

Bradly lives with his mother and is currently being weaned by his mom. They live contentedly in the warren, doing their daily stuff together. Enjoying their simple wombat lives, together. Bradly, is a fun, young and a loving wombat specially to his mom.

In the meanwhile, there are a group of men- Animal fur hunters and they are in search of wombats. The wombats living in the warren did not have any idea that they’re being watched and observed by these hunters, all day long. And now, that they’ve observed enough they are ready to attack the warren.

One tragic morning, while all the wombats are sleeping, the hunters attacked the warren. Using equipment to help them dig the burrows. They got every single wombat, except for the one little wombat, Bradly.

Bradly was able to escape and hide in some bushes nearby. He have witnessed the capture of his mother and the rest of the other wombats.

Bradly is alone amd he asked his self, “Where I will go now?”, “What should I do?” He cried and whimper, thinking very much about his mother. Bradly stopped crying and decided to follow the tire tracks that the hunters left. But it was too late, the wind already blew away most of the tire tracks and are already unrecognizable.

The young wombat, walked and walked searching for places where he can find someone to help him. But with all the walking, Bradly became tired and fell asleep under a tree.

Night falls, and Bradly was awaken by loud rustling sounds. He woke up and saw a wombat- a common wombat eating on some grass patch. He hurriedly walked towards the wombat and quickly introduced his self, “Hello, I’m Bradly. I’m kind of lost, I just lost my mom this morning. Can you help me?”, the common wombat answered, “Sorry, I don’t talk to someone who’s not my kind” and left poor Bradly. But Bradly was not shaken, instead he followed the common wombat, who walked back to his warren.

Bradly watched the wombat from some bushes nearby. He feels very helpless and is longing for someone to be with, like a mother. He watched them very closely and something caught his eye. A weeping wombat. A mother wombat. Bradly’s eyes sparkled. Bradly, went back to the grass patch where he met the common wombat. He realized that he was so hungry and ate and ate away. He was planning to go back to the warren where he saw the mother common wombat.

While chomping some grass away, Bradly was startled when he turned around he was surprised to see that the mother common wombat was also on the grass patch. The mother wombat gently asked Bradly, “Hi, there! What are you doing here alone?”. Bradly answered the mother wombat, “I lost my mom and the rest of wombats who live in the same warren where my mom and I live. The hunters took all of them.”
Bradly can’t help but cry again. He told the mother wombat, that he’s scared and don’t know what to do.
The mother wombat said, “By the way my name is Lisa, and I am here to help you if you want. You can stay with me for the meantime, together we will continue your training.”
And Bradly answered, “Really? You’d do that for me?”. Lisa answered, “Yes, I will. My daughter just recently left and is just starting to live on her own and I do admit I miss her. It’ll be really nice to have you around.”

Bradly: Than you very much, Lisa. I’m looking forward to my training. But I’m afraid, the wombats from your warren won’t like me and won’t allow me to live with you.

Lisa: Don’t be foolish my dear. I’ll take care of you and won’t let anything like that happen.

Bradly: I’ve seen a young wombat here too, and I’ve asked for some help but he told me that he won’t help anyone who’s not the same kind as he is.

Lisa: Pay no attention to that young common wombat. Come on! If you’re ready and had enough grass, let’s go back to my burrow and I’ll introduce you the rest of the warren dwellers.

Bradly, excitedly followed Lisa towards the warren. And once they’ve arrived, wombats came out of their burrows to examine the unwanted guest. Wombats of all ages, started to murmer about different things about Bradly. And Lisa noticed that Bradly is close to crying again. So Lisa said, “Stop, my fellow wombats. I have here on my side, Bradly a wombat like us. He just recently lost his mom and their warren is devastated and have nowhere to go to.”

A group of wombats said, “But why do you have to take him in? He is not like us.”

Lisa: Yes, he may be different than us. But as wombat to a wombat a very big part of me wants to help him. And as a mother, I feel sad for him. And now, if you don’t like him, just leave the 2 of us alone and we’ll get out of your way.

Lisa showed Bradly the way to her burrow. And the 2 of them slept soundly till the night comes. Bradly woke up and was looking for Lisa.

Bradly: Lisa? Lisa?

Bradly went out of their burrow and searched for Lisa outside. And he saw the young wombat he have came acrossed the grass patch the other day, and his name is Spike.

Bradly: Lisa? Lisa?

Spike: Will you stop making noise?

Bradly: Oh, I’m sorry if I was too loud. I was just wondering if you’ve seen Lisa.

Spike: Well, I did see her. And she went that way.

Bradly: Thank you, Spike.

Spike left and so did Bradly. Bradly went straight to the grass patch to look for Lisa. And there he found Lisa, sniffing around some roots.

Bradly: Lisa! I was looking for you. I woke up and you were not there.

Lisa: I’m sorry, my young one. I was waiting for you to wake up but since you are very tired and still sleeping. I’ve decided to go out and go here.

Bradly: I’ve asked Spike, if he saw you and he told me that you went this way. What we’ll we do tonight?

Lisa: First, we have to eat first and then I’ll tell you what’ll we do.

So the two different wombats ate until they’re stuffed.

Lisa: First thing on our agenda for tonight is a dust bath. You’re quite dirty Bradly. I’ll teach you how to do it.

Bradly: Yes, I kind of stink already.

The mother wombat showed the young Southern Hairy-nosed wombat how to do it. After that they continue on how to dig a complete burrow and once they’re finished with all the wombat stuff they’ve lay around in the dirt and scratched each other.

Bradly: Lisa, thank you. Thank you, for taking me in.

Lisa: You are welcome, my little one. I’m more than happy to do it for you.

Bradly: Do you think it’s bad that I’m from a different kind?

Lisa: Bradly, it’s not bad. Each and every one of us is created differently and we all have our special traits in us. Just like what you are. You are special my little one.

Bradly: Do you think I’ll see my mom again?

Lisa: That I can’t tell. But as long as you hold on that special memory that you have of your mom, she’ll always be with you.

Bradly, smiled and hugged Lisa. Now, the 2 wombats walked in their burrow to rest.

Months went by as Bradly grows up and continues living his wombat life with Lisa and the rest of the common wombats. The common wombats are becoming less and less hostile towards the young Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

Bradly moved out of Lisa’s burrow because he’s already old enough to live on his own. But one day, he and Lisa had a talk.

Lisa: My little one, I have some news for you.

Bradly: Lisa! I’m not a little one anymore.

Lisa: Yes, I know that for a fact. But for me, you’ll always be my little one.

Bradly: Thanks, Lisa. What’s the news that you have for me?

Lisa: Oh, yes. I’m expecting another baby anytime soon, my little one.

Bradly: That is great news Lisa. I’m very happy.

Bradly left and ate alone in their favorite grass patch and done some thinking. I’m old enough to live on my own. I want to go and search for wombats of my kind. And maybe meet someone special. I know, everyone here accepts me, but inside of me I still feel incomplete. I guess, I have to go out on my own. With a heavy feeling inside his chest, Bradly went back to his burrow to sleep.

The next night, Bradly looked for Lisa to tell her about his plans.

Bradly: Lisa, I’m leaving tonight.

Lisa: Where to, my little one?

Bradly: I will search for a place where I can find wombats of my kind.

Lisa: But you are already welcomed here.

Bradly: I know, but I want to find out where I came from, I want to find that certain special one and really live on my own.

Lisa: Well, my little one go ahead. Go out and see the world. I’m happy that you have grown up to be a nice and responsible wombat. But always remember that you are always welcome to go back here.

Bradly: Thank you Lisa. Thanks for everything, I won’t ever forget you and all the things you’ve taught me.

Lisa: You will always be here in my heart. Now, you take care my little one.

Bradly, said goodbye to the rest of the common wombats. And went on his way. Bradly’s journey went on for weeks and for months. Until one day he have reached a warren that the thought was deserted. But was surprised when he saw a wombat that looks exactly like him coming out of a burrow. He was welcomed in no time, and immediately started his new life with the wombats of his kind.

Bradly, felt very happy. He looked up to the heavens and thought about his mom, Lisa and his adventures. Bradly said to his self: “I’m finally home, and can’t be more happy.”

Bradly, lived and still living his days happily and peacefully and he did met that someone special. The one that his heart longs for.

Can I keep a Wombat as a Pet?

Can I keep a Wombat as a Pet?

Wombats As Pets

It is not advisable for anyone to keep wombats as pets. Some people at oftentimes assume that wombats are good to be kept as pets. But the truth is, it is not a good idea.

Despite the wombat’s very cute physical appearance and gentle demeanor, they should not be mistaken to be kept as pets.

When you look at a wombat, you can’t help but desire to have one as a pet. Especially nowadays that not only the typical dog or cat are kept as pets but other sorts of animals too. That’s why people can’t help but think if they can buy or have one as a pet.

The reason why it’s not advisable to keep a wombat as a pet is because wombats tend to be more destructive as they’re growing up.

If you keep a wombat inside a house, wombats can easily chew, tear, scratch and destroy the furniture. They can also put deep scratchmarks on the walls with their sharp claws. And if a wombat is kept outside, it can escape and can easily dig it’s way out. It can easily break down fences and cause destruction in the garden or the yard.

Since some wombat specie are close to extinction, it’s much advisable and recommendable to make monetary donations to centers and rehabiliation programs dedicated to wombats to help, instead of keeping one as a pet.

Even if wombats are naturally wild, this does not rule out that wombats can not have any sort of contact with humans. In encountered cases of orphaned baby wombats, this is an exception. In cases like this special care is needed. And only people with expertise and knowledge in taking care of wild animals are allowed to handle and take care of orphaned wombats. Wombats need special care and a special diet. And only in these kinds of cases where in humans are allowed to take care of wombats.

How does a Wombat Sleep?

How does a Wombat Sleep?

Wombat Sleeping Position

If you are a wombat lover, for sure this thought have already crossed your mind: “How does a wombat sleep?”

Wombats are chubby or fat and short. They resemble a small bear but way heavier. Most of the time wombats sleep on their backs, like human beings do. They fit perfectly in their burrows. When you see a wombat sleeping on their back, you might mistake one to be dead. Because it lays so very still. It looks like a very fat Teddy Bear, sleeping.

Another wombat sleeping position is the curled-up position. A wombat’s body has a little resemblance or is a little similar with an armadillo. That’s why it can easily curl-up itself in a ball-like matter. This wombat sleeping position is quite cozy-looking. This position also helps wombat to keep their selves warm. And they also look quite cute when they sleep like this.

One more thing about wombats, is that they snore when they sleep. Just like humans. That’s why wombats are just so cute and unique in many ways. They look cute, sleep cute and act cute.

And that’s how wombats sleep, on their backs or curled-up like a ball.

The Wombat – One of the Heaviest Mammals in the World

The Wombat – One of the Heaviest Mammals in the World

The Wombat’s Weight

Physically, wombats are very chubby actually they are fat. That’s why there’s some rumor that they use wombat fat to make butter. Which is not true at all.


Believe it or not, though wombats are not that tall, they’re one of the heaviest mammals in the world. That’s why wombats are husky, chubby and fat. They appear very husky too because of their thick fur.

An adult wombat’s weight is roughly equivalent to a man who’s 6’2″ in height. That’s how heavy they can get and they can still gain some more.

That’s why wombats are very strong animals. They are described and or also known as mini bulldozers. Because when they ram a human they can knock it unconscious. They do the same thing with fences. And that’s why farmers treat wombats as pests and nuisances. They have very powerful limbs, perfect for digging extensive burrows.

Female wombats appear to be fatter than male wombats. Because female wombats have an extra layer of fat in their body. This extra fat keep their selves warm which is ideal when a female wombat is pregnant.


An adult wombat’s weight ranges to 170 pounds and higher.