Wombat droppings? Cubes at Cradle Mountain!
Visitors to Cradle Mountain National Park are often mystified by the amount and type of animal droppings that are found in the Park.
One type in particular that fascinates us all are wombat droppings.
Why you may ask? Because wombat droppings are unique, they are shaped like a cube! In fact, Australia’s early bushmen would write numbers on the six sides of the poo and use them as dice in bush gambling games.
Wombats at Cradle Mountain love to “mark” their territory with their cube shaped poo. Anything new in their area is a prime target for marking, particularly if it is elevated. Items such as fallen trees, fresh mushrooms, rocks and even an upright stick have been found with dung on top!
Why the cubed shape? There have been many ideas too rude and “crass” for here …….. BUT the most scientific reason seems to be that the cube shape means that dung is less likely to roll off the objects they have marked thus protecting the Wombats territory!
Wombats are very common in the Cradle Mountain National Park , you can read more about these delightful marsupials by clicking on this link.
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