Today, has been a very special day for me…
We(my partner and I) decided to go to the Hunter Valley, about a 2 hour drive from Sydney (well it’s meant to be, that’s if you don’t take a wrong turn!!).
It’s known for its vineyards and olive groves and beautiful countryside.
We stopped at several places, but the thing that really made me smile today, was after almost 4 years, I finally met my first wild wombat….they are nocturnal animals, so I felt very honoured see this one….
Please allow me to introduce you to my furry new friend; Mothball (I named it after a wombat in a book I gave my niece a couple of years ago – which was all about a wombat, who liked to eat carrots and people’s washing off their washing line – the wombat in the story was called Mothball).
Sadly, I have only ever seen wombats that have been killed by cars. Mothball, was at the edge of a road, eating, and eating and eating some more – grass, He/she seemed quite content and wasn’t bothered by me at all.
Mothball was about 2 and 1/2 feet long. I so wanted to give him/her a cuddle, of course, I didn’t.
For some reason, the wombat had a red mark on its back – it wasn’t blood, I’m not sure what it was, but it gave it a rather punk look when looking at him/her from behind.
I am so so happy that I finally met a real life wild wombat – today, is a day I won’t forget in a hurry.
Sadly, the Bare-nosed wombat is under
threat from habitat loss, urban development, the debilitating infestation Sarcoptic mange and eradication (some consider them pests)
The wombat is a marsupial that has a backward facing pouch, to avoid dirt entering when the wombat burrows. The baby wombat – a Joey, will stay in the pouch for 5 months, where it stays permanently attached to a teat. After 10 months, the joey leaves the pouch permanently, but stays with Mum until they are around 18 months old.