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Wombat baby pouches – how weird are these?

11 April 2011 One Comment

Wombat and babyWombats with their babies are a special sight while visiting Cradle Mountain National Park.

There are many opportunities to see and photograph wombats in the wilderness. Access is often close to the edge of the National Park or even around your accommodation. They are quite common native creatures that just go about their own business, generally ignoring us humans.

There is a good chance you will be able to get up close to one of these funny looking Australian native animals during your visit to Cradle Mountain. Keep your eyes out and camera at the ready, you never never know, that russling in the bushes may be a Wombat!

Remember they are wild animals and you should not try and touch or hold one. They have big teeth and very sharp claws so keep clear, they have right of way.

The Cradle Mountain Travel Guide has a free map and information with the best spots to spy a wombat in the wild.

Wombats are special and funny looking Australian native animals. They are unique in that their pouch is backwards facing.

Because wombats shelter in burrows under the ground they do a lot of digging. With their tunnel system up to several metres long, including several entrances, they have to move a lot of dirt to create the hole. The pouch is thought to face backwards so that, if they have a baby, it is not covered in dirt and suffocated.

Weird but true.

There is more information about wombats at Cradle Mountain throughout this site. The Nature tab is a great place to start.

As a special treat, check out this video of a wombat feeding and it’s tiny baby sneeking a peek from it’s pouch!  A rare and special sight.

Wombat image: many thanks to Trixie Kemp
Wombat video: moleatiu via Flickr

 

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  • Brooke, WhyGo Australia said:

    I had no idea they had backwards pouches! That is really weird… have to admit ;)

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