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Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Hal Brindley

Common Wombat

(Vombatus ursinus)

This cute round Australian mammal digs underground burrows up to 65 feet long!

Like nearly every native Australian land mammal, it is a marsupial, meaning it raises its under-developed young externally in a pouch. The pouch opening in the Common Wombat faces backwards! (the opposite of a kangaroo). This adaptation is very useful for a burrowing animal; it insures that the pouch doesn’t fill with dirt when digging through the earth!

There is an unofficial holiday in Australia called Wombat Day on October 22.

Photo: Common Wombat grazing on grass in Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia

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