16 Apr '11, 8am

Hairy-Nosed Wombat: The Saddest Looking Marsupial on Earth

Hairy-Nosed Wombat: The Saddest Looking Marsupial on Earth

The hairy-nosed wombat is one of the saddest looking creatures in the world. It's a marsupial, and one of its unique features is a backwards facing pouch that allows it to dig without getting dirt in its pouch. The hairy-nosed wombat looks like a sad, slow creature but is intensely determined in the defense of itself and its burrow. Photo: Eva Hejda This wombat is about a meter long and has a tough hide; it has an armor plated backside, even though you can't see it easily. It also has an incredibly slow metabolism which means it can go long periods without water; its digestion takes 8 days to process a single drop of water. These social animals live five or six to a burrow and when attacked they can actually crush the skull of a predator – normally dingos or Tasmanian devils. The wombat lets its attacker force its head over its back and then uses its strong hindlegs to cru...

Full article: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/animals/news-saddest...

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