Hooray for the Wombat!
What’s not to love about wombat? Their rumps are hard as a rock, their poo is cube-shaped, they are lickity-quick and they are adorable, particularly in joey form. I write this ode to the wombat to celebrate the successful breeding of the second southern hairy-nosed wombat joey of the Taronga Zoo breeding program. Sydney recently ventured outside her momma wombat’s pouch for the first time.(Mother Korra and Sydney. Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo) (Sydeney Leaps into the Day! Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo) (Sydney Playing Peek-A-Boo in the grass! Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo)
The news is especially encouraging for their endangered cousins the Northern Hair-Nosed wombat, a critically endangered species for which the Taronga Zoo hopes to start a similar breeding program. Currently, Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombats number around two hundreds and is the largest known herbivorous burrowing mammal, according to ARKive.(Image Credit: ARKive)