Sunday, November 4, 2007

Vombatus ursinus

This Common Wombat is a young joey just emerging from the burrow. Tintarella & I were in Tas for 4 days & we saw 22 wombats.

Here is what they often look like:

Yes, that rock is a beautiful tough little tank of a marsupial. Here she is in the open:

And another joey, just for extra cuteness:

Go to wiki & read about these marvelous marsupials. Among other delights, you will see the phrase "distinctive cubic scats" (hee hee hee).


C.Rag said...

They're so cute.

Colonel Colonel said...

AAAWWWWWWWW!!!!! They're so damn CUTE! I just want to pick one up and cuddle it.

Do they, um, smell?

Or spit?

Or shit on your shirt?

'The Distinctive Cubic Scats' would be a great name for a band.

Malach the Merciless said...


Chickie said...

Well I'll be darned! I've been a wombat fan for years and didn't know they had such interesting poop. This makes them even more endearing.

Phoebe Fay said...

They're sooooooo cute!

I wuv wombats!

Oh, and I totally wrote my "square poo is a good name for a band" comment BEFORE I came here and saw the Colonel's comment. Apparently, sick minds think similar.

Cissy Strutt said...

There's a band playing at a Get Rid Of Howard gig in Sydney who are called Combat Wombat. They should have Square Poo & Distinctive Cubic Scats on the same stage. (I'm not picking - they are BOTH good names.)

I have patted a wombat on the head at Western Plains Zoo. The hair is very coarse, and I could feel her very hard bony skull just under the skin. She kept turning her head to try to give me a nip, which the keeper said was affectionate but I wouldn't bank on it.

jedimacfan said...

"She kept turning her head to try to give me a nip, which the keeper said was affectionate but I wouldn't bank on it.

I am exactly the same way. And I do mean it as a sign of affection. Now come here and let me chew you.

Cissy Strutt said...

jedimac: Ah yes, there's a little wombat in all of us.

jedimacfan said...

A little? Hey, some people's wombat's are bigger than others, you know.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

"Beautiful tough little tank of a marsupial"...officially my favorite thing I've read in the blogassfear this week. Gah! The cuteness!!

Catalyst said...

Wombat, wombat, isn't he cute.
Robbing the convenience store and takin' the loot.

(I have no idea why that popped into my head.)

Cissy Strutt said...

hereT: I hope you meet one one day, They are amazing.

catalyst: Perhaps the phrase "tough little marsupial" influenced your brains? Love the couplet. I shall chant it to the next wombat I see.

Sara Sue said...

I'll bet wombat poo necklaces would sell like crazy here!

Mike said...

Do they have square butts too? I mean otherwise it seems like it might hurt or something.

Cissy Strutt said...

sara sue: I'd wear one.

mike: I didn't get quite close enough to check.