Australian Wombat (Vombatus hirsutus)
These slow and ponderous marsupials are still plentiful in the forests of Eastern Australia. They live on grasses and roots and have only a single pair of upper and lower incisors. As all teeth are rootless, continuous growth prevents them from being ground away.
Wombats are speedy diggers and live in burrows some 5 metres long.. They breed in winter, the single off-spring being carried in the pouch until December. These solitary, in-offensive animals are of gentle disposition and have been known to become affectionate pets.
Wombats are partially protected under the Wildlife Act of 1975.
unused - I bought this at an antique store in Sydney, Australia
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The wombat is one of the largest burrowing animals in the world. It has a well developed brain and is playful and quick to learn. Its diet consists of the native grasses and vegetation of its woodland habitat.
postmarked with a great Koala $1.20 Australia stamp! Jan. 2007