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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