Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What's that, a wombat?

Our first night at the lodge on the way to dinner after a short hike we saw our first wombat!  I had been very excited about seeing a wombat and was not disappointed.
I wanted a picture with our new furry friend and soon after Ben took the picture he scurried away over the boardwalk.

Wombats are marsupials and have a backwards pouch.  They dig extensive burrows and the backwards pouch keeps them from tossing dirt on their young while they dig.  They weigh between 44 and 77 pounds and are herbivores.  They tend to move slowly but when threatened can move up to 25 mph and keep that speed for 90 seconds.  We saw two more wombats Saturday night.  I bought a wombat keychain at the visitor center store to commemorate finally getting to see one.

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