September 29, 2007

Wombats

My parents gave the kids some stuffed animals including a wombat with an Australian flag sewn into his left flank who has become very popular around the house. So I read a little about wombats. Mr. Wombat likes to have fun.

Wombats are nocturnal marsupials who live in tunnels. They live on a diet of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots. They are preyed on by the Tasmanian Devil. Wombats have slow metabolisms and take about 14 days to complete digestion, but they are strong and fast when they need to be. Their defense is to crush their enemy against the roof of the tunnel until it has ceased breathing. In addition they have a tough hide and their rear end is mainly made of cartilage, making them difficult to bite from behind. It has been said that a predator biting into a wombat's butt would find it 'comparable to the business end of a toilet brush.'

There is a hip hop group in New Zealand called Combat Wombat.

2 Comments:

At September 30, 2007 6:47 PM , Anonymous Tim said...

growing up, the word wombat always refered to the indigenous white folk esp. of new england college towns.

 
At September 30, 2007 8:04 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

As in, 'Ma, the wombats threw my elastics in the dingle!'?

 

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