Australian Wombat…A Unique Australian Animal

26 Jan

One of our recent late last year travels took us up into the high alpine region of Victoria.

Yes we do have an alpine region here in Australia, which may be hard to believe, considering at the moment the top end of Australia is experiencing a number of high category cyclones and extensive flooding, whilst down here in Victoria we are experiencing our yearly outbreak of bushfires.

I recall my younger days hiking,camping and fishing all up throughout the Upper Yarra mountain range, the beautiful ferns basking beneath the tall mountain ash trees, the vibrant colours of the abundant birds that inhabited this beautiful area,the sight of the occassional Lyrebird and listening to its mating call. The beauty of experiencing nature in her morning pristine glory, crystal clear mountain streams, the home of the beautiful rainbow trout and the occassional sight of the Platypus cavorting with her young near the creek bank,all this a veritable glimpse into the very soul of mother nature.

Back in the days of my youth, the roads into the mountains were mainly constructed of gravel or dirt, roads with sheer drops into the valleys below on one side and the other side, a high mountain with the everpresent threat of rockfalls.

Today the roads are bitumanised and well cared for, they still have to be driven with care as they twist and turn and snake their way into the mountains.

The purpose of this story is to introduce you to one of Australia;s beautiful animals that inhabit this region, the Wombat.

The Wombat inhabits the mountain areas around Australia and in some cases is becoming extinct due to human intervention, cattle grazing etc.

He is a short legged animal with a short stubby tail, he grows to a length of approximately 1 metre. They dig an extensive burrow system, and a distinct adaption of the Wombat is that they have a backward facing pouch for their young, backward facing so as not to throw dirt back into the pouch as they burrow. Their colouring ranges from sandy to brown,and grey to black.

They are a nocturnal animal and only come out at night or dark cloudy days, they are virtually blind in sunlight.

To experience the sight of this animal in its natural environment, you have to travel or camp out during the night in the high mountains.

The mountain people know that when driving the roads at night, in all probability, you will come across a Wombat on the road during its nocturnal travels, and as such they are well aware of their cars speed, driving cautiously with lights on high.

However the tourists and suburbanites are a problem, even though the roads are signed as to the Wombats presence, they fail to adjust their speed accordingly, and thus the Wombat becomes a victim to speed.

The following picture may be distressing to some,I wasn;t originally going to include it but on reflection changed my mind.

I came across this fellow during daylight hours in the middle of the road, I was warned of his presence by the flashing of an oncoming cars headlights, I slowed down and decided to drag him off the road, but had forgotten how heavy and huge they are, the highway patrol will remove him as it would take about 4 men to do the job.

I included the picture to show the Wombats size when compared to the white line in the middle of the road, also to show you his claws that is used for burrowing.

Sadly a lot of Australian wildlife are more prevalent on the roads at night and as such fall prey to mans presence, although unintentional , it is an accepted fact of life.

Aussie Emu


Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


38 responses to “Australian Wombat…A Unique Australian Animal

  1. davidprosser

    April 7, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Such a shame to endanger the life of a beautiful animal for the sake of a few more mph in the car.

    • The Emu

      April 7, 2015 at 6:55 am

      I agree my friend, the only problem with Wombats is that they are blind and only come out at night, in hilly high mountain roads there are many twists and turns, so speed is really not the problem, it’s mainly tourists who are not wary of the Wombats nocturnal wanderings.
      I appreciate your visit and comment.
      Ian aka Emu

  2. jasmindamaro

    July 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm


    • The Emu

      July 5, 2014 at 4:29 am

      Good afternoon Jasmine, hoping you are well my freund.
      Saturday afternoon here and a cold Winters day.
      Sending you many hugs from Australia.

  3. Holistic Wayfarer

    March 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I shared this post with my 6-yr-old. =)

    • The Emu

      March 18, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Glad you found that story interesting enough to share with your daughter.
      Thank you and wishing you well.
      Kind regards

  4. Eddie Two Hawks

    February 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    no wombats in Florida so your presentation is a great introduction to this interesting creature. thanks for filling in the blanks! great photos and article Emu

    • The Emu

      February 22, 2014 at 3:16 am

      Thanks Eddie for the visit, I was wondering why I wasnt getting any updates from your site
      but it seems to be corrected now as I see a couple of your blogs, looking forward to reading about the man behind the Two Hawks.
      Emu aka Ian

  5. gpcox

    October 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This is the sad fate of our raccoons and armadillos. They used to be everywhere and now it’s hard to find them.

    • The Emu

      October 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Good morning GP,we have a few endangered species here too, residential areas ecroaching on wildlife habitats are a problem, but the main problem here is the loss through bushfires, we are currently into our bushfire season and its always a cause for alarm with our wildlife.
      Aussie Emu

  6. Lauren J. H. Heaslip

    May 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    That’s a female, I truly hope you thought about checking her pouch before you left her.

    • The Emu

      May 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog entry.
      Yes I did make sure the poor old girl had an empty pouch, having travelled all around Australia and having a fair knowledge of Australian wildlife, it is second nature to me to check all injured animals, kangaroos, koalas, wombats.
      Surprising not many people actually do.
      Wishing you well, and thanks again for the visit.

      • Lauren J. H. Heaslip

        February 10, 2014 at 7:17 am

        Oh good. Very pleased that you did that and hopefully more people learn about how important it is to check.

  7. jasmindamaro

    May 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    hallo liebster freund ian komme dich schnell besuchen fliege in gedancken zu dir du hast wiederum einen schoenen bericht ueber ein tiehr geschrieben ich bin ein tiehr liebhaber und fannatik mit tiehren de wumbat ist fuer mich ein unbekanntes wesen aber ich finde ihr schoen
    big hug fuer dich meine gedancken sind bei dir alles liebe von jasmin damaro big hugy

    • The Emu

      May 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Danke lieber Freund Jasmine für Ihren Besuch und schönen Kommentar, ich freue mich, Sie genießen meine Geschichte auf der Wombat.
      Ich hoffe, Sie sind gut und bei bester Gesundheit zu tun.
      Es basiert auf der Winter kommt jetzt hier, aber wir haben immer noch sonnige Tage.
      Ich sende Ihnen eine große Umarmung und Wünsche für viel Liebe und Glück.

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    April 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Great post. Very down to earth.

    I can understand you hesitating over that last picture. I was enjoying the post, & thought the live one was so cute – was going to comment ‘CUTE!’ … and then I saw that end picture. It is sad, yes. I didn’t know it would take 4 men to move though!

    • The Emu

      April 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Hi Noeleen, glad you enjoyed that blog albeit with that pic I took up at Marysville.
      Hope all is well with you and Daniel, I have been late getting around blogs lately and have a few of yours to catch up on.
      Have a great upcoming week my friend.

  9. Sue Dreamwalker

    February 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Such a shame that so many animals now come to grief on our roads world wide… as we cut through their habitat.. for us around here its rabbit, hedgehogs and Foxes with the occasional Badger I have seen along a country lane…. But even the hedgehogs are now in decline…
    Loved the Wombat he is certainly unique thats for sure….
    Many thanks for such an informative post on the little fellow..

    • The Emu

      February 4, 2013 at 5:05 am

      Greetings Sue, roadkill, as we call it here is a part of life, most people are aware of nature on the roads but there is always those that see the road as their highway.I remember seeing the biggest wombat ever one night on top of a high mountain in Victoria, he waddled across my path and saw me and just grunted, he was huge and grey and beautiful, wow that was a great experience.

  10. natswans

    January 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Interesting post Emu good to hear about your travels..The Wombat is larger than I thought , poor wee thing as you say some people don’t a da–
    Hope all is well with you.

    • The Emu

      January 31, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Good morning Sheila, lovely to hear from you
      Glad you enjoyed my blog on the Wombat.
      Wishing you a great weekend ahead.

  11. Clowie

    January 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I’d love to see one in real life, it’s always sad when animals get run over. We have wild boar where we live and they often get knocked over, especially in holiday season.

    • The Emu

      January 30, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Good afternoon Clowie, thanks for the visit and comment, I hope you are well and life is being kind to you.
      My greatest sight in my younger days of trekking was seeing one in the night in the middle of a great mountain range
      He or she was beautiful to watch, a great experience.
      Wishing you much happiness.

  12. Monica

    January 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    a very beautiful animal, Ian. Sad to see them like this. Some countries adjust speed limits for night driving. I wish we did.

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Good morning Monica, yes they are a beautiful animal and to see them at night in their natural environment is a great experience
      Wishing you a great Monday

  13. auntyuta

    January 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for including both pictures, so beautiful the first one, so very sad the second one. Where the wombat signs are, what if it said underneath: Please, drive slowly at night time!

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      They really are a beautiful manimal Auntyuta, no matter how many signs we put up there will always be some idiot in a car that pays no respect to anyone or anything in their path, they are a beautiful animal to see at night in their natural habitat.
      Wishing you a great week ahead.

  14. prenin

    January 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Poor thing! 😦

    Looks like people need education courses in wildlife!!! 😦

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Doesn;t matter how much you educate people Prenin
      Theres always some idiot in a car that has no regard to anything in their path.

  15. Angelwings6

    January 27, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Long live the wombat…..

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Good morning Lady Jude, hope your well and in great health, cant remember if you have wombats over your way or they are just in Australia.
      Wishing you well my friend and always a pleasure when you visit.

      • Angelwings6

        January 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        No! we don’t have them here…..

        • The Emu

          January 28, 2013 at 2:11 am

          Thanks Lady Jude
          Didn;t think so

  16. wonkywizard

    January 27, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Emu, excellent narration.

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you my friend for reading my story
      and thanks for great comment, always like to get feedback on my efforts.
      Wishing you a great week.

  17. appletonavenue

    January 27, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Very interesting. As an American I of course know nothing of Australia or its wildlife so it was nice to learn about this animal. We have similar problems with muledeer, raccoons, badgers, coyotes,and all the other nocturnal animals. A sad fact of life.

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Good morning my friend, hope you are well and enjoying good health.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, yes I believe you would have the same problem with nocturnal animals and the roads over your way.
      I tend to be more alert when driving at night, particularly for that reason.
      Wishing you a great week ahead.


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