Australian animals: Wombat – level 3

Australian animals: Wombat – level 3

28-08-2011 11:00

The wombat is classified as critically endangered and is one of the rarest animals in the world. There is currently only one small population of this species located in the Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland. Wombats are not very sociable animals and definitely not friendly to people like kangaroos are, but we still have to save them for future generations. Wombats have short legs and are approximately 1 metre long. Their name comes from the Aborigines that originally inhabited the Sydney area. Wombats eat mostly grass and herbs and have a very slow metabolism, taking around 8-14 days to complete digestion, which helps their survival in dry conditions. Since 2005 there has been an unofficial holiday called Wombat Day on 22 October, at the beginning of the traditional aboriginal spring planting season.

In this video you can see the wombat that is almost ready to go back to the wild. But it is still too friendly to be safe outside. You can see how it loves its human “mother”.

Written by Hana

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