It’s World Wombat Day!
Today is World Wombat Day! So we’re introducing you to our newest nocturnal friend: Walter the Wombat. The Nocturnal Brigade meets Walter in The Weeping Wombat, the latest book in our Grow & Read early reader collection.
In celebration of World Wombat Day, here are eight fun animal facts about Walter the wombat:
- Wombats are fast! They might not look like they can move quickly (especially since they waddle a bit when they walk) but they can run as fast as humans.
- A wombat’s butt is its main form of defense! When predators are near, wombats will dive into their burrows and block the way with their butts.
- Wombats are the second largest marsupial, right after the Red Kangaroo.
- Wombats are native to southeastern Australia.
- Wombats can jump! There are records of wombats jumping over a meter high.
- Wombats have a backwards-facing pouch which allows them to dig through dirt to make their burrows without getting dirt inside their pouch.
- A group of wombats is known as a wisdom.
- Wombats poop in cubes! Studies suggest the cube shape helps their poop stay in place to mark their territory.
For more information about wombats, check out these resources:
Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Accessed November 25, 2014 animaldiversity.org/site/accounts/information/Lasiorhinus_latifrons.html