he Koala’s closest living relative, wombats are among the largest burrowing mammals in the world. They normally waddle but can run 40kph. Best of all, they have cube-shaped poo!Wombats are endemic to (only found in) Australia. They’re marsupials with brown, tan or grey fur and from their stubby tails to their large skulls they can measure 1.3m long and weigh 36kg.Often described as ‘stout’, ‘sturdy’ or ‘powerful’, they’re expert diggers with short, muscular legs and sharp claws.
As marsupials, female wombats care for their young in pouches on their underside. Like Bandicoots, the pouches open backwards so they don’t fill with soil while digging!
When first born, wombats weigh only one gram. The baby wombat leaves the pouch at about five months old, and can care for itself at seven months. Wombats can live up to 26 years in the wild.
SIZE: L9cm H5cm