Friday Furry Things: Wombat

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On the second day of the Overland Track in Tasmania we came across this wombat foraging right next to the raised boardwalk trail.  It looked different from other wombats I’d seen on the mainland: its face was less angular, its nose perhaps more elongated.  I wondered whether it may have been a juvenile wombat, but I later found out that there are actually three subspecies of the common wombat: one found on the mainland, one found in Tasmania (Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis) and another found only on Flinders Island.  The Tasmanian wombat tends to be smaller than the mainland variety and can weigh up to 40kg.

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