11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wombats

1. Wombats Have An Extremely Slow Metabolism

It generally takes these cute rodents about two weeks for their digestive system to complete its cycle, which is beneficial when they’re in areas with little food.

2. Wombats Are Prey For Dingos And Tasmanian Devils

The main defense a Wombat has against predators is the hard cartilage on its backside. When scurrying away from danger, the wombat can find a nearby hole to hide in. The cartilage on its hind parts is hard for carnivores to destroy, thus protecting the little animal.

3. Wombats Are Nocturnal Creatures

Although they can definitely wander around during the day, the Wombat typically feeds at night.

4. There Are Three Different Species Of Wombat

And they can all be found on the continent of Australia. The three different types of species are the Common Wombat, the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat, and the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

5. Wombats Have Been Hunted In The Past For Their Fur

While some farmers would consider Wombats to be pests because they destroy their crops, these animals have also been poached in the past for their gorgeous fur.

6. All Three Species Of Wombats Are Protected Under Australian Law

And they’re protected because they’re an endangered species.

7. Wombats Have Their Own Holiday

Although it’s unofficial, October 22 is known as Wombat Day. This holiday began in 2005.

8. Wombats Are Herbivores

Most Wombats eat moss and grass to maintain their cuddly figures.

9. Wombats Typically Live In Tiny Burrows

This marsupial tends to roam free in eucalyptus forests, and this is more common for the northern hairy-nosed wombat. The common wombats tends to find solace in being alone in their own space.

10. Wombats Are Marsupials

Much like Kangaroos and Koalas, the Wombat has a pouch in which it carries its young. Also, like most marsupials, the Wombat young continue to develop while in their parents’ pouch.

11. Although They Look Cute And Innocent, A Wombat Is A Very Territorial Animal

For the most part, Wombats mind their own business, however, if they are threatened they will charge and/or bite if they need to.

Other Than That, They’re Absolutely Adorable. And Love To Be Tickled

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