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Wombat


Wombat
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Copyright: Ken Shew (kshew) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 30] (202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, 70-210 f4 5.6, RAW @ ISO 200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-03 23:28
Viewed: 5295
Points: 0
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Wombat taken in the wild at Maria Island, Tasmania. I Had seen lots of wildlife during the day but no picture of a wombat. A couple I met from Holland had seen one but it had burrowed itself in
a hole and they were hoping it would come out.
Given up on that we walked briskly back to the ferry point for pickup. It just so happens one scurried
right past us on the way back. Normally nocturnal,
we didn't expect to see another one so this was a pleasant surprise. It wasn't too concerned with us
but was intent on getting to its destination while
we snapped a couple shots.

The common wombat is the largest burrowing herbivorous mammal. Early settlers had called it a badger, however its closest relative is actually the koala.
Stout animals, they average a metre in length and 27kg in weight on the mainland. Being marsupials, female wombats have a pouch that opens backward to prevent dirt and debris entering while burrowing. They are
generally nocturnal coming out in the cooler temperatures. Perhaps this one came out because of the overcast slightly rainy day.

I am not sure what specific type of wombat this is but
am guessing it is a common wombat.
Not much going on in the photo but
I don't know if there is another wombat picture on TN so I thought i'd post one :-)


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