By Chris M.
This little furry critter is called a Wombat. It’s an adorably short-legged quadrupedal, or four-legged, mammal that is native to Australia.
Australia is the only continent that’s home to the Wombat.
These little vombatidae members belong to a family of Australian animals called Marsupials, like the Kangaroo and the Koala.
If you think a Wombat is too stubby to move around quickly, then you haven’t seen them running away from you. Their speed can reach maximum when threatened. But if they can’t escape, they can curl up into a furry ball. What is fascinating is that wombats have super solid behinds that protect them from predators, like Dingos.
Unfortunately, not even a protective behind can save a wombat from getting hit by a car. Many wombats get killed when crossing busy roads, with lots of cars going from left to right. In fact, more wombats are killed by cars along with any other animal unfortunate enough to cross a busy road.
But there will be hope. Many conservationists in Australia are rescuing wombat babies that could’ve died inside their dead mums’ pouches. Then they get released back into the wild when they’re old enough.
I do volunteer work at the AZ Humane Society where we rescue many pets and care for them until they are ready for adoptions. So I feel relieved that there are many people out there who care for these animals.
#1 Sugar Glider
Size: 12 – 13 in. (24 – 30 cm.)
Weight: 3 – 5 oz. (85 – 142 gm.)
Sugar gliders are found in Northern, Southern, and Eastern Australia. They live in large family groups from 15 – 30 or even more gliders. Like kangaroos and koalas, sugar gliders are marsupials. As their name states, sugar gliders can glide through the air. They use flaps of skin that they have attached between their arms like a hang glider to jump from tree to tree. (just like flying squirrels) I like sugar gliders not just because of their adorable faces, but also because I got to hold and pet one of my friends’ pet sugar gliders. I had never seen or even heard of a sugar glider, until I visited my friends in another state and saw the little guys. After that I asked my one of my friends if I could make a character based on him, but as a sugar glider. He said yes and named his character Tipit after his favorite sugar glider. I have loved sugar gliders ever since.
*Sugar gliders are nocturnal. (sleep during the day/ stay up all night.)
*Baby sugar gliders are called joeys, just like kangaroos and koalas.
*Sugar gliders can live up to 15 years in captivity. The average lifespan is 3 – 5 years in the wild.
*They can be kept as pets in certain parts of the world. But in the US there are some states where you can’t. These states are California, Hawaii, and Alaska.