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17-DEC-2004 İAlexander Dudley 2004

Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus

Cradle Valley, Tasmania, Australia

If you want to see wombats come to Tasmania and wander about Cradle Valley a couple of hours before sunset. Cradle Valley is
seriously infested with them. They are a solitary burrowing marsupial with a backward facing pouch (on the females) and teeth
that have the pesky habit of growing throughout their lives. These dumpy creatures can run at surprising speed, even reaching
35 km per hour. Given the relative length of my legs I ought to be able to run at about 120 km per hour.
There are three living species of wombat in Australia. The largest species is the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat of which there are
only about 80 individuals left alive, making it one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. Fortunately, Common
wombats are living up to their names in many places.

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