Wombats are iconic Australian marsupials. They are also the Koala’s closest living relative. Wombats are among the largest burrowing mammals in the world. They can run up to 40kph. Wombats have wiry, brown, tan or grey fur and they can measure 1.3m long and weigh 36kg.
All wombat species live in burrows. The burrows are long tunnels that comprise of complex networks with chambers that can extend to 150m in radius.
They excavate their burrows by digging the soil with the long claws on their forelegs and push it out with their back legs.
It’s a very interesting fact that wombats have cube-shaped poo ( called scats) that is easily found in the bush. They also roll around in their burrows to dig and flatten the walls.
but they are facing increasing threats including vehicle collisions, habitat loss and mange.
Mange is responsible for hundreds of wombat deaths every year, yet it is relatively unknown.
Mange is a skin infection caused by mites. Left untreated, infected wombats slowly succumb to the complications of the disease within 2-3 months, leading to a slow and painful death.
The wombat’s fur falls out, their skin becomes hardened and constantly itches. Their eyesight and hearing are also impaired. It is heartbreaking to see.
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