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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Answers to questions you never actually asked

So, Kathleen, what exactly is a wombat?

Great question! I just happen to have a picture of a wombat from the Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney here.

You can't really tell the size from this picture but they are about a yard (or a meter) in length, and though they are marsupials, like kangaroos and wallabies, they actually resemble big hairy pigs with short stubby legs.

A big hairy pig does not sound attractive. Are they cuter than they look in this picture?

No.

At least they're probably not dangerous.

This is Australia. Everything is dangerous. Wombats bite, and when startled they have been known to charge at humans and knock them over -- imagine trying to explain to your insurance company that you broke your wrist because you were knocked over by a wombat. (Fortunately Australia has universal healthcare so wombat injuries are covered automatically.)

The good news is they aren't poisonous.

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