These furry marsupials are stocky, but don't let that fool you, they can run at speeds up to 40 Km per hour.
The Southern hairy-nosed wombat is the state fauna emblem of South Australia.
You'll never mistake a wombat poo for any other animal's, because wombats are famous for doing cubed-shaped poo. That's right it's little blocks of poo.
As a marsupial, the southern hairy-nosed wombat has a backwards facing pouch where their babies develop. The joey is protected from dirt if mum wants to dig a new burrow.
A group of wombats is called a 'wisdom of wombats' or a 'mob or colony of wombats'
Wombats closest relatives are koalas. Their noses are very similar.
Believe it or not wombats can jump over a 1 metre-high fence
October 22nd is World Wombat Day.
Wombats usually give birth to a single joey, which is blind, hairless and weighs about 2 grams. It crawls into mothers pouch and attaches to one of its mum's two teats. Joey is warm, with plenty of food and lives in the pouch for about 8-9 months. After emerging it will still suckle but also start eating solid food and stay for another year or more.
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