On Friday I gave you this skull to identify:
Jake spotted that this was a marsupial’s skull straight away and many of you suggested Kangaroo using a variety of crafty clues. There was also a well reasoned suggestion of Koala that fell just a little short.
Neil managed to go that little bit further and get the right species – the Common Wombat Vombatus ursinus (Shaw, 1800).
These nocturnal marsupials are quite large (weighing up to 40kg) and they live in a burrows and feed on vegetation – a bit like a cross between a Badger and a Marmot.
Fossorial mammals tend to be very powerful in order to dig through heavy soil and despite their slow metabolism and air of sleepy cuteness,Wombats can be quite dangerous.
They have a reinforced rump that they use to block their tunnels when chased by a predator, allowing them to kick their attacker in the face and they will aggressively defend their territory – there have also been rare examples of Wombats mauling people.
Don’t mess with the Wombat in combat.