Marsupial Bulldozer (22)
|This is a Common Wombat (Vombatus Ursinus) a native herbivorous marsupial from south-eastern Australia. They grow to just over a metre long and weigh up to 35kg. |
They are primarily noctural, though in the cooler months they sometimes come out of the burrows to feed in the late afternoon. During the day, they live in burrows dug in the sides of sloping land and sometimes the banks of watercourses. You can see the powerfull forelimbs and claws in this shot. Most burrows are 3-5 metres in length, but some older ones can be up to 20m long. Each adult may have up to a dozen burrows spread through its foraging territory. They feed on a variety of grasses and herbs and are highly territorial.
Only one young is produced every two years and the young lives in a backwards-facing pouch (like in a kangaroo) for 6-8 months. The young then follow the mother for another year.
Territories are marked by dropping dung along the boundary and disputes can lead to fierce encounters, notice the wounds on this guys shoulder.
They also have poor eyesight and if disturbed are likely to run straight at you, so get out of the way. :}