Australiana - Say HI to my little (Well they ain't so little actually!) friend!

Australian Wombat - The wombat is a marsupial that is native to Australia. They are vegetarian and mainlky eat roots and leaves. They are called a "marsupial" because they carry their young in a pouch! Koala's and Kangaroo's are two more examples of marsupials.
@James72 (26829)
Australia
November 22, 2008 9:55am CST
Many people may already realize that I am based out of Egypt but am actually an Australian! Not born there but my Father's Australian and I have spent some 29 years living there. We have many strange and wonderful animals and flora in my country that are very unique. I thought I would share a picture of a wombat because he's a cute little bugger (well they are actually quite large so not little at all!) for you all to see!Have you ever heard of one of these or even seen one for real? Don't ya just wanna go up and give him a big hug!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
22 Nov 08
Just where am i supposed to respond to this discussion ? . Thre is one with the picture and one without. That is cute all right ? I've heard of the guy but have not seen one in real. Actually there is a lot i've heard aout Australia James. The wilderness,the scenery and even the kangaroos. Get me one of them .
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Nov 08
Yeah, I was uploading the photo to add and when I posted the discussion I suddenly saw that it had posted earlier BEFORE the photo was added as well??? I have put big words on the other one to ask people NOT to respond so I hope it works! Thanks for coming to this one alok! I will get you one, sure. I am not sure how well they will get on with the panda though. They are vegetarians too, so perfectly adaptable for mainstream Indian food! lol. Yes, Australia is a vast an extremely unique country on so many levels. When I get back home eventually you will definitely have to come and visit! Thanks for the response.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
23 Nov 08
The Foster's idea is long lost and gone. I don't drink any way. What about a Rugby match. I've always wanted to see the Aussies go crazy
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
Now you're talking alok! A Rugby Union match, Rugby League Match AND an Australian Rules Football match will all be on the cards I would think. And if it is summer that you come, then we shall go and watch the cricket instead!
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@myklj999 (13832)
• Olney, Illinois
23 Nov 08
That is a rather nifty lookin' thing there. I thinks I likes him.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
What's funny mykl is that for sure I'm psychic! I said to my wife before we went to sleep last night that you would go to the other discussion that was posted accidentally and make a smart a@@ comment. I wake up this morning and waddya know! He is a nifty fellow and they are quite fat and heavy. If he were to sit himself down on one of your Olney "locals" they would be know as "white squirrel pancakes" instead I reckon! Thanks for the response.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Nov 08
Most adorable marsupial! I haven't felt so good seeing one wompat marsupial of late. May be I have been panda spanking a lot these days.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
We must never let go of the panda spanking focus mimpi, but there's no harm in the occasional cursory glance at some of the other adorable critters out there! The key is to make sure the panda doesn't see you though because a panda in a jealous rage is not a pretty sight at all! Thanks for the response and nice to see you. It seems like I haven't seen you for a few days!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Nov 08
I AM SURE HE WON'T BE jealous! Indeed we must ensure proper habitat for these creatures. I just fear those global warming and lack of greens do not do much to the wompats!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
lol. "WomPats"?? If one of 'em hears you calling them that they too might get a bit funny mimpi! Human progress is definitely starting to affect the habitats of these animals and many others but thanks to a number of very proactive groups in my country, there are many initiatives being undertaken to help deal with urban sprawl and other negative influences. Australia is such a huge country so I am confident they will continue to be successful.
• Sri Lanka
23 Nov 08
Thats so cool... Its huge... Must be really interesting... Would love to see more pictures...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
Welcome to mylot mark! They are very interesting, yes! And extremely unique. They used to have a TV program in Australia called "A Country Practice" and one of the regular characters was a real wombat that went by the name of "Fatso"! lol. Here is a link to more about them and some pictures too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wombat Thanks for the response.
• Sri Lanka
23 Nov 08
Hey there... Thanks a lot for the link... I just checked it out and they are so cute... They look like fur balls... It was nice chatting with you... Keep in touch... Cheers...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
You are most welcome mark. Enjoy mylot!
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
Yes we do have some wonderful and unique wildlife here in Australia. As areas get built up, mostly in major cities, the native animals have ti be relocated or a "corridor" left so that the animals can move from one area to another. It is not always possible to include the corridor all the time though. Of course in some areas some of the wildlife has become a real problem and in the past it was mostly to the farmers. However with the drought going on for so long it has not been unusual to find that some animals are moving into the towns and cities looking for food. Nice lush green lawns seem to be very attractive to some possibly kangaroos and wallabies. The other problem is that the kangaroos and sometimes other native wildlife inclding emus and the wombat will go on to the highways and get killed by cars. Most people will do all they can to avoid these animals but sometimes it just is not possible. Most of our native animals are cute as youngsters but not so attractive when they are full grown. Wombats for example are inclined to be plumpish and weigh a bit.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
What has always amazed me about these Tasmanian Devils is the sound they make! I am assuming it is how they got their name because it is a really guttural and horrible sounding noise. Tasmania is one part of Australia I have yet to visit and I really want to get down there one day.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Nov 08
I've got this itch right in the middle of my back. Could he just..........with those claws......ahhhhhhh. That's so much better. LOL.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
Hahahaha. He would be absolutely PERFECT for that p1kef1sh! His weight may be a bit of an issue, but if you can handle that part then the rest will be nothing but back scratching bliss! Thanks for the response and I'll be sure to make him trim his nails just a little bit first just to be on the safe side.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Mar 10
That would be like getting your back scratched by Wolverine in the X-Men movie..lol can you say Youch!
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
Well I am impressed. I have never met a wombat in all the years I have been in Australia but you do not get them in the city where I spent most of my life. They are certainly large critters and he's smiling. Just look at that grin. He must love being picked up. What a lucky wombat.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
He does look like a happy fellow doesn't he! lol. I never met one in the wild either in all the 29 years I lived in Western Australia and Queensland and only ever saw them at zoo's or animal parks. When I get back home I would love to travel around the country for a few months and make up for all the things I seem to have missed so far! Thanks for the response sharra.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
aww that a very cute little wombat!and no he doesn't look all that little at all!lol i always wanted to visit australia.i used to watch the crocodile hunter all the time..i had a bit of a crush on that Steve!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Nov 08
It is very sad what happened to Steve Irwin. He was such an Ambassador for Australia, it's wildlife and nature in general and he will be sorely missed. His daughter Bindi-Sue is picking uo where he left off though so his legacy will live on! It's great to see this! These wombats certainly aren't little and you would struggle to pick up a full grown adult! But they are definitely cute and look very cuddly. Thanks for the response marquita and I hope you do get to visit Australia one day because it's a fascinating country!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
22 Nov 08
First! Nah, I was going to be third if I replied to the one without the ACTUAL picture. Cute animal. Is it second in line to be spanked? Is that what you're hinting at?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Nov 08
Oh maaaaaaan. I KNEW this would happen! lol. I just hope that if they delete one of these, they keep the one with the picture. He is cute alright! There will be no spanking of this fellow I'm afraid. They have the perfect backside for it but they just wouldn't be as accepting as the panda of such an act I'm afraid! Thanks for the response SaintAnne.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Hi,I have never seen one besides seeing them on television and in pictures. Not something you would want to run into in the dark..not with those long claws. But your buddy is a cutie there..
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
3 Mar 10
I have never seen a real one until last December. I visited Melbourne but I did not have the opportunity to see one in the wildlife. However I managed to take a photo at melbourne zoo. They are interesting creatures. I am glad that I had the opportunity to see one in real.