Baby wombat befriends cute Austrian, the rest is history (video)

This video is really cute. I had no idea that Wombats could be so cuddly – then again, it’s a baby, so I suppose any baby animal is going to be friendly.

Still, this thing is like a puppy.  About 50 seconds into the video, the baby wombat almost seems to be falling asleep as the guy continues to pet it behind the ears.  Then, the video goes into hyper-cuteness.  Just like my little Sasha, please don’t think you’re going to read a book, or anything else, on the ground in front of her.  The princess comes first.


I did a little digging, and apparently the wombat is a marsupial, like the kangaroo, that carries its young in a pouch.  What’s particularly interesting is how dangerous they can be when riled up, considering how cute this thing is with the guy.  From wikipedia:

Humans who accidentally find themselves in an affray with a wombat may find it best to scale a tree until the animal calms and leaves. Humans can receive puncture wounds from wombat claws as well as bites. Startled wombats can also charge humans and bowl them over, with the attendant risks of broken bones from the fall. One naturalist,Harry Frauca, once received a bite 2 cm (0.8 in) deep into the flesh of his leg—through a rubber boot, trousers and thick woollen socks (Underhill, 1993). A UK newspaper, The Independent reported that on 6 April 2010 a 59-year-old man from rural Victoria state was mauled by a wombat (thought to have been angered by mange) causing a number of cuts and bite marks requiring hospital treatment. He resorted to killing it with an axe.

From the guy in the video:

Since this video got some more attention lately, a few words about what you see here: Douglas is an orphaned Wombat who was taken care of at a school camp (where we have been WWOOFing) near Tallangatta in Victoria, Australia.

This video is 3 years old so he was just a little baby there! He was meant to be released into the wild someday but since it´s been a long while ago I lost touch with the family who runs the camp…but since I got so many comments and views and watched this video again, I´m really curious what Douglas´ life turned out to be!

He was the best experience I´ve ever had with an animal!

He once sat himself down in his own (very green) poo and had this nasty little stain on his butt…hahaha…he was just too funny!

I f’g miss that fella!!! Gingers have souls!!! Even the Austrian ones!

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  • Jim Olson

    Well, let me rub your husband’s belly, and I’ll tell you if its softer fur than my cat…

  • AristarchusSeleucus

    If you want to believe that this guy is from Australia . . .

    turn your monitor upside down, or stand on your head.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    Clearly the batteries in your humor-0-meter are totally depleted. You might want to recharge them.

  • Maybe if we call this, “How to confuse an American”?

  • Look at the video. He speaks German. Not English. We don’t speak German in Australia.

  • tomtallis

    Sorry, my husband has the softest belly fur…

  • RyansTake

    I appreciate it may be more difficult for some to understand Australian accents than to others, but I imagine it a little offensive that you’d suggest that just because you have trouble with their accent that they somehow aren’t speaking English. I’m sure Southern accents can be quite difficult for some, but I imagine you’d be offended if a person denied you spoke English and demanded it be called “Dixie” or “Southern.”

  • Naja pallida

    I’ve worked with a lot of animals of all shapes and sizes, but wombats are one that I haven’t but really want to. Just not much opportunity to do so thus far. :)

  • cole3244

    if humans treated other species with the respect they deserve we might find situations like this more likely to be the norm rather than unusual which is sad, but since the human species is the most feared by other species this tender moment is not likely to happen on a regular basis which is our loss as humans.
    great video thanks.

  • tomtallis

    My husband is Austrian and we always have to address letters home “…1180 Wien Austria EUROPE.” If we don’t add Europe, about one in five gets routed through Austrailia.

  • If I shared my secrets, there’d be no reason to come back ;-)

  • Wait, wait, but I read the actual description fo the video on YouTube where the guy says he’s Austrian! Does that count? ;-) And little known fact… sometimes people in Australia aren’t actually from there. We call them “tourists.” :)

  • Ha!

  • Krusher

    This video strikes me as being an excellent palliative for stress and anxiety, so I sent the link off to my employer who is stressed to the eyebrows right now. Thanks for posting it!

  • HeartlandLiberal

    I thought I heard germanic phrase in the early part of the video, but it sounded like Afrikaans, and I wondered if maybe this was in South Africa. Had to scroll back up and check the article. But later he clearly speaks Australian. And I mean that, not English, Australian. Heck, I sometimes have to turn subtitles on when watching British TV shows over Netflix or Amazon Prime in order to understand that language they are speaking. But then I am from Alabama originally, and have been in Indiana for last 30 years, so go figure.

  • Indigo

    Wait! Wait. I just now read the headline. People who live in Australia are “Austrians”? Mozart is from Australia? Really? The things you learn on AmBlog, oh, myyy!

  • Jim Olson

    But, is wombat belly fur as soft and furry as I imagine it to be? Inquiring minds want to know! My cat is slightly jealous now…she thinks *she* has the softest belly fur.

  • Two very cute!

  • pappyvet

    Way ,way too cute John. Where do you find this wonderful stuff.

  • I can’t change it until he changes his nationality. Over on YouTube, the full description says he’s Austrian, but didn’t think it was relevant to quote :-)

  • You don’t speak German in Australia? ;-)

  • Wombats are surprisingly fast. An Australian TV series entitled A Country Practice starred a wombat called Fatso

  • Not with that accent mate. We speak English in Australia.

  • Moderator3

    He’s a cute ginger. It doesn’t matter from what continent he hails.

  • Change the headline, the man is Australian, not AUSTRIAN — and yes, this video is terminal cuteness

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