Diary Of A Wombat – Part 2 Woody The Young Wombat

Diary Of A Wombat – Part 2 Woody The Young Wombat

Diary of a Young Wombat

Hi! I’m a young male wombat and my name is Woody, I just turned one year and 5 months today. It’s kind of a big accomplishment for me, because I am now on my own. I’ve just separated myself from my mother. I think I know enough and I’ve trained enough to venture out on my own.
I know some people out there are curious on how I spend my days being out on my own and being a young male wombat. I’ll give you a sneak peek, on how I spend my days.

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I live alone in my burrow. I’ve just moved to a different warren, and I’m already well adjusted. I’m pretty proud of myself for being a good digger, my mother taught me very well on how to dig a burrow, which is essential in our daily lives. It is an accomplishment on her part. I’ll tell her all about it once we see each other again.

And now, here’s how I spend my days. I start my day in the evenings so might as well start my diary when I woke up:

Evening:
Rise and shine for me! Though pretty much there’s nothing too shiny except for the moon and stars but all in all it’s dark all over. Just the way I like it. My eyes, are kind of sensitive to too much sunlight and as you all know by now, I am nocturnal because I am a wombat. I am active at night and not so active during the day.
I have to go out of my cozy burrow and look for something to eat. Just thinking about my favorite grass and some tree roots is making my mouth water. Yum, yum! Pretty excited to feed my inquisitiveness and my tummy.
Once I’m out of my burrow, I go to my favorite grass spot, and munch away all the grass that I want. But still I keep in my mind, that I have to be a little conscious since my metabolism is slow, I don’t want to blow up.

Munch, munch, munch… Yum!

Now, from all that grass eating, my fur got all damp because all that dew from leaves and grasses have fallen on me. I’ll go back to where my burrow is, and will roll around on the dirt for a while, outside my burrow. This helps my fur to dry quickly, and plus it’s fun to do. I feel so comfortable rolling around the soft dirt, makes me want to nap. So, I might as well doze off.

Once, I woke up from my nap. I roam around, before I go back inside my burrow I check out other wombats near the warren where I’m staying. Though, we’re naturally shy animals we also do mingle at times. Trying to meet a potential mate, for the very near future.

I now wait for morning to come, so I can curl up and sleep inside my burrow. While waiting, I love scratching. I specially love scratching the part behind my ears, it’s comforting. Us, wombats love scratching that part.

Oh, I can feel that the sun is about to rise. Need to crawl back into my burrow.

Morning-Afternoon:
I keep on yawning. Oh, I’m excited to sleep. I guess, it’s pretty much understandable since I’m a growing wombat. I need a good enough amount of sleep to help me grow into a full-grown adult wombat.

Making my way into my burrow now. Home sweet burrow! It’s so nice to curl up in your own burrow. I’m pretty proud of myself for digging it on my own. It’s so comfortable, since I’ve digged it to fit my growing body. I’m pretty pleased with myself, on how it turned out.

Now, before I go to sleep I’m planning what’ll be my day tomorrow or I must say, planning what’ll be night tomorrow. For now, I need to get some shut eye, so that I’ll have energy for tomorrow.

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Keep on checking this section, and I’ll keep you updated on current events in my growing wombat life. This is Woody, and I greet you a very Wombie night! =’-‘=

Diary Of A Wombat – Part 1 Mother Wombat

Diary Of A Wombat – Part 1 Mother Wombat

Diary of a Mother Wombat

Hello there! I’m Willow, and I’m a mother wombat. I am a marsupial and like the Koala Bear I have a backwards-facing pouch. Which is so cool, because unlike a Koala Bear a backwards-facing pouch is beneficial to us. Because we are burrowing animals, we have to dig. And if our baby is inside the pouch it means that it won’t get dirt inside which is very nice. I am native of Australia.

Mother Wombat

I gave birth to a son, a baby wombat a month ago. And as a marsupial, I will train my son for a couple of months. And after that, he will go out on his own. I have a son, so it means that he will leave me sooner and go out on his own, unlike a daughter. Because a daughter leaves a mother Wombat much later than a son.

Here’s how my day starts…

Morning and Afternoon:
I am sleeping in my burrow together with my son. My son stays with me because he’s still undergoing training.
Maybe, people are wondering why we are sleeping in the morning. Well, we are nocturnal animals. Us wombats, are nocturnal. It means that we’re awake during the night and asleep during the day, like bats. I guess, the reason why we are nocturnals is because we have a weak sense of sight and that makes our eyes sensitive to daylight.
My son and I are sleeping to conserve energy, but one disadvantage to this, is that it slows our metabolism much more. We woke up around sunset or at times later.

There are times when I wake up a little early, and there’s still sunlight. What I do is I roll around the dirt or dust. When people get to see us doing that, they actually think that we’re just lazying around. But they’re wrong, we do that because we are actually cleaning ourselves. That process is actually called a “dust bath”. Us, wombats clean ourselves by rolling around dirt or dust. We do that because our furs’ kind of thick. When we go out at night at times we can’t avoid to get our furs damp so what we do the next day is roll around on dirt or dust so that the dampness will be absorbed away.

Evening to Midnight:
Ah, night at last. Time to wake up and look for food. It’s time for us to go out of our burrows to roam around and look for food. We mainly eat grass, because we are herbivores. I already stopped breastfeeding my son, so we eat grass together.
Sometimes. when we’re not able to look for grass, we eat tree roots or mosses. After looking for something to eat, we go back to out burrows. We work on our burrows by digging much further or at times interconnecting them with other wombats’ burrows. I teach my son how to dig a burrow.
Because burrowing is an essential part of a Wombat’s life. It helps us to be able to control our body temperature and since burrows are digged underground, it helps us a great deal to have a nice, deep sleep during the day. And because we have a slightly thick fur, a nice cool temperature is what we really like.

Once, I am finished digging a burrow and teaching my son how to dig. We go out and find some food again, if ever we get hungry. And while waiting for sleepy time again, we bite each other, because we love biting and also we love scratching, especially the part behind our ears and we make this sucking noises.

Sleepy time, at last. It’s time to go back in our burrows again to sleep. And tomorrow, we’ll do the same thing again. Not the exact same thing, because at times we decide to have a dust bath or do something else, like find a mate and actually mate.

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Just constantly check this site, and I’ll keep you posted with something new that will come up in our Wombat World!

See you soon.

Willow the Mother Wombat

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Hairy Nosed Wombats

Hairy Nosed Wombats

As we all know by now, there are 3 species of Wombats. Among these 3 species, 2 of them are hairy-nosed varieties. They are Northern Hairy-nosed wombat also known as Yaminon and the Southern Hairy-nosed wombat. They are called Hairy-nosed because they have hairy-noses.

The Northern Hairy-nosed wombat is found across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The Yaminon is one of the rarest large mammal in the world and is now classified to be critically endangered. The Northern Hairy-nosed wombat is slightly larger than the Common Wombat. The reason why it’s critically endangered now is because it’s habitat has become infested with African Buffel grass which out-competes the native grasses that this hairy-nosed wombat prefers eating. Their noses are very important for their daily survival because they have very poor eyesight, they can only smell their food in the dark.

The name Northern Hairy-nosed wombat comes from it’s distinctive muzzle which is covered with short brown hairs. As a result this specie, have a hairy-nose.

Hairy Nosed Wombat

The second hairy-nosed wombat is the Southern Hairy-nosed wombat. This specie is the smallest among the other wombat species at around 775-935 mm and weighs 20-32 kg, because of these physical traits the young often do not survive the dry season. It is well-adapted to it’s harsh environment where it must survive without water in high temperatures. This specie lives in extensive warrens where the atmosphere is cool and humid during daytime. It’s body temperature falls to conserve both energy and water.

The Southern Hairy-nosed wombat is often likened to a large badger, it is also considered to resemble a bear and a pig. The fur of this wombat covers it’s entire body, including the nose, hence it’s name.

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.

Australian Wombats

Australian Wombats

Australian Wombat

As we all know by now, wombats all came from Australia or they are native of Australia. Particularly in the Victoria and Tasmania area. Wombats were often called badgers by early Australian settlers. They’re often mistaken to be badgers because of their close resemblance physically and their habits. For this reason, individual villages such as Badger Creek in Victoria and Badger Corner in Tasmania were actually named after the wombat. But since they often mistook wombats to be badgers, that’s why they are named after the badger instead but still their real intentions are to name this villages after the wombat.

There’s a town in New South Wales called Wombat, which is obviously named after the marsupial. The Asteroid 6827 Wombat- a soccer team in Brisbane and L6 W.O.M.B.A.T., a British anti-tank rifle are all named after the Wombat animal. That’s how amazing wombats are, that they used them to name things with.

Australian Wombats, can be tamed in a captive situation and can even be persuaded into being petted, touched or held and there’s a possibility that they can become quite friendly but one wrong move can easily startle these creatures and attack you in an instant.

There are many zoos, wildlife parks and tourists destinations across Australia that have Wombats available on public display or are available for the public and they’re quite popular. However, wombats lack fear. It means that they may display acts of aggression when they are provoked or if they are simply in a bad mood. It’s weight makes a charging wombat capable of knocking down an adult. Like how a football player tackle it’s opponent. Their very sharp teeth and powerful jaws can result in severe to critically serious wounds.

Australian Wombats

According to records, there is one reported incident of a wombat attack. The victim’s name is Harry Frauca, a naturalist. He received a 2cm deep bite into his leg, the bite is made through a rubber boot, pants and thick wool socks.

That’s how fierce a wombat can get. They may appear cute and unharmful, but when disturbed, startled and removed from their natural habitat or surroundings, they be violent. But not all the time, though. There are several animal shows, that features a wombat-human companionship. It shows that if a wombat is trained or is used to being around humans it can be a gentle and a loyal pet.

Wombat Pictures

Wombat Pictures

Wombats are cute marsupial mammals. Though most people are not familiar with how a wombat looks like, but once a person get to see a picture of a wombat they can’t help but “coo” and say “aww, it’s so cute”. Because they are indeed cute. But though wombats are cute, they are known to be very shy animals, aggressive and can attack in any instant when they get startled. That’s why people who have new-found fascination with them can only feed their fascination with only pictures of wombats.

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People who are wombat lovers, print pictures from the internet. Some people collect wombat pictures and compile them in an album, some people print wombat pictures and display them in their rooms. When you search for wombat pictures online you can search for different various types of wombats with different poses. You can search for small pictures or big pictures. You can always check out our site for new and interesting wombat pictures.

More Wombat Pictures Coming Shortly…

Wombats For Sale

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Wombats For Sale

Wombats For Sale

Due to the wombats aggressiveness and wildness, one cannot find a wombat for sale in pet shops. Because even if they appear cute they can easily get startled. They can be very aggressive. Because of the wombat’s shy behavior, it takes time before one can coax them, so they’ll be able to pet them.

But there are reports that some locals are able to domesticate wombats and keep them as pets. But it is highly inadvisable, since you can’t predict when a wombat will get startled and as a result it just suddenly attacks. And also animal authorities strongly discouraged keeping wombats as pets. The authorities don’t allow anyone to hunt them and sell them in pet shops/stores. But there are this so-called “black markets” that smuggle them and sell the wombats to some animal collector or people who kill them for their fur in some parts of the world. This is illegal. Anyone caught will be reprimanded and will face serious punishment by the law.

Wombat For Sale

The only legal wombats that are for sale are the ones being sold in the souvenir shops or gift shops. Like stuffed artificial/toy wombats and other kinds of wombat souvenirs. It’s not best for a living wombat to be captured and keep as a pet. Because wombats are naturally wild, and nocturnal their instincts won’t stop until they escape to the wild. Because it’s their natural habitat. That’s why there are no real wombats for sale, anywhere.

Maybe not quite exactly what you were looking for,

but this cute Wombat here is indeed for Sale:

Stuffed Wombats

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Stuffed Wombat

There are 2 kinds of stuffed wombats. The first one are the kind that a taxidernist make. Wherein they preserve and stuff a dead wombat (died in natural causes). and make it look like it’s life-like. The second one are the artificial ones. Like any other stuff animal. A toy manufacturer can easily make a stuffed wombat. It is made out of synthetic fur-like material and is stuffed with fiber fill.

The stuffed wombats that taxidermists make are being sold in specialty souvenir shops and taxidermists shops in some places in Australia and United States. But taxidermied wombats, are mainly listed in museums to depict how real-life wombats are, mainly for educational purposes.

The stuffed wombats made by a stuffed toy manufacturer, can be sold in various zoo shops, souvenir shops, novelty shops and toy shops in Australia, where wombats are native.

Some people may wonder why they even stuff wombats. They think that wombats are not popular. But they are wrong. There are a lot of animal lovers all over the world. And die-hard animal lovers collect all sort of animal memorabillias. And these days wombats are getting popular. Because wombats are very cute creatures. They are small, chubby and furry. That’s why people are attracted to capture them and keep them as pets. So the next best thing to a living wombat is a stuffed one. A stuffed wombat won’t attack you, won’t bite or claw you. But instead you will be able to hug it and bring it wherever you want. Plus you will be able to buy as many as you want without harming a real wombat.

Stuffed Wombats
You can also buy stuffed wombats online or on the internet. Some even donate parts of the proceeds to conservation programs for wombats. Soon in this website you will be able to buy your very own stuffed wombat. One fact about wombats is they are wide ranging foragers, nocturnal and have very strong instincts for burrowing. These combination of behavior and characteristics make them unsuitable as pets. That’s why stuffed wombats are the way to go.

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Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

Australian Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats

The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is one of the 3 species of wombats. It’s scientific name is Lasiorhinus latifrons. They are mainly found in scattered areas of semi-arid scrub and mallee from the Eastern Nullarbor Plain to the New South Wales border area.

Among the other wombats, the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is the smallest, at only around 775 to 935 millimeter and 20 to 32 kilograms and the young oftentimes don’t survive the dry seasons. They are classified as vulnerable by animal authorities. Though a healthy population still remains, it appears to declining as the days go by. It is feared that the consistently sparse rainfall of recent years has prevented successful breeding. Most likely this sparse rainfall is caused by the climate change. It takes 3 consecutive good seasons for a Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat to reach near adulthood which will make them sexually mature, ready for mating.

There are wombat specialists who are specially concerned that with the continious or continuation of this current trend to drier climate in Southern Australia could be a serious threat.

Their tails are 2.5-6 centimeter long.

The oldest Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats to ever walk the Earth were a male and female from Brooksfield Zoo outside Chicago, USA. They were Carver (male) who lived till 34 years old and Vicky (female) who lived till 24 years old.

It’s range is much wider before European settlement . It is well adapted to it’s harsh environment where it must survive without water in high temperatures . They mainly live in extensive warrens where the environment is cool and humid during the hot daytime. The wombat’s body temperature drops to conserve both water and energy. Their resting metabolic rate is much slower than the other wombat species. Their food is thorougly grinded-up and passes very slowly to their digestive tract, this process takes 8 days for maximum nutrient extraction.

Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat Picture

Their burrow system is more social compared to other wombat species. Their burrow system is composed of 5 to 10 wombats consisting of both sexes, living together. Their warren system is composed of a central set of burrows which is often occupied by males and smaller warren within 150 meter radius where females reside for varying time-period. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats’ breeding is more seasonal comapred to other wombat species. And male aggressive behavior is restricted to that season only. Their youngs are usually born between September to December and they spend the next 6 to 9 months in the mother wombat’s pouch. For this particular specie, sexual maturity occurs at about 3 years of age. It requires a minimum of 3 good seasons to increase their population.

Like other wombat specie, they have similarities with their physical appearance. It is a squat-quadruped with short, thick limbs that are equipped with short fattened claws, it’s tail is shorter than the other species. They also have a large, broad head, that has small eyes and pointed ears. The two incisors on the upper and lower jaws fit together fro gnawing are chiseled and they have enamel on the front surfaces with no canines present. These wombats also have a large diastema separating the incisors and cheek teeth. There are also cheek pouches present. They are also often likened to a large Badger, they are also considered to resemble a bear and a pig.

The fur of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat covers it’s entire body including their noses, hence it’s name.

Though they appear slow going/movers, these marsupials have been known to play with limitless energy. Their strenght and reports of their ability to run at the speed of approximately 40 kmh have earned them the nickname “Bulldozers of the Bush” as they have the ability to trample down any obstacle in their path. This specie is also mainly nocturnal, feeding on grasses, roots, sedges, bark and fungi which are highly fibrous and low in water and protein.

The female specie of this kind has 2 nipples. Though 2 offsprings are sometimes born, there is usually only 1 birth. It remains in the mother’s pouch for 6 to 9 months. After exiting the pouch, the offspring follows it’s mother for nearky another year and tends to play biting games.

Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Like most wild wombats they can be expected to live up to 5 years or more while those in captivity have lived up to 20 years. It is likely that only a Dingo could take an adult wombat and the only other animal that can possibly be able to harm a small wombat is a Wedge-Tail Eagle. They also tend to be frequent victims of car accidents due to their nocturnal habits and slowness.

Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat Baby

A Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is also known as or called a Yaminon. It is one of the three living species of Wombats. It was found and discovered across the areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland as recently as 100 years ago. But now, it’s restricted to a 3 kilometer square range within the 30 kilometer square Epping Forest National Park in Queensland.

The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat, is one of the rarest mammals in the world and is now considered to be critically endangered. It is slightly larger than the Common Wombat and able to breed faster in a way than the Common Wombat. They’re able to produce 2 youngs every 3 years.

Their habitat has become infested with African Buffel Grass which out-competes the native grasses the Yaminon prefers to eat. To protect the Yaminons (Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats), a 2 meter high predator & intruder proof fence was constructed around 25 kilometer square feet of the park in 2000, though captive breeding and translocation programs have been abandoned for the time being because the population in the remaining Yaminon colony is considered to be too small to allow safe removal of the 15 to 20 individual wombats needed to start a new wild colony and because more than a decade of captive breeding research with Common and Southern Hairy-Nosed wombats has produced only a handful of successful births.

Australian Northern Hairy Nose Wombat

A Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is 35 cm in height and up to 1 meter long. They can weigh up to 40 kilograms. The female wombat specie of this kind are a little bit bigger than the males because they have an extra layer of fat. This specie of wombats are mainly found in Central Queensland. It’s diet is composed of course grass and various types of roots.

They are nearly extinct because there are only 40-60 left in all Australia. Their noses are very important for their daily survival because they have very poor eyesight. They mainly rely on their sense of smell.

It takes about a whole day for a Yaminon to dig a burrow with their very sharp claws. They mainly live in dry, grassy regions of Australia. This kind of wombat uses it’s burrow to control it’s body temperature and as well as their surroundings. By staying in it’s burrow during the day, the wombat keeps cool and conserves or saves water in the summer time and it stays warm during the winter time.

The name Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat comes from it’s distinctive muzzle which is covered with short brown hairs. It’s physique is string and heavily built with short, stubby but powerful legs and strong claws. It’s fur is very soft, silky and mainly brown-mottled gray or fawn and black in color. It has a broad head with black patches around their eyes. Their ears are long and slightly pointed with tufts of white hair on the edges.

Queensland Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats sleep in their burrows the whole day. They are shy animal, that’s why most of the time they are solitary and only go out during night time, but there are times and instances when they share burrows with other wombats.

This specie of wombats give birth to a young during the wet season which is around November to April. They’re found in one place in the world, in the semi-arid woodland and grassland on sandy soil in Epping Forest National Park in Central Queensland. Because they are already critically endangered, a major recovery program is underway to help save this wombat specie. It is funded by the Queensland Government. It involves major research, management and maintenance programs and includes intensive studies of the wombat’s genetic make-up, reproduction, behavior & habits and it’s diet. The management aims to improve the quality and diversity of grasses available to wombats.