20 June 2016
Tonka the Sad Wombat that warmed hearts dies in Australia http://bit.ly/28Ij5DP
SYDNEY, June 20 — An Australian wombat who became depressed after a massive cyclone tore through his wildlife park home, depriving him of cuddles with tourists, has died, prompting an outpouring on social media.
Tonka, a bare-nosed wombat, was raised by rangers at Queensland’s Billabong Sanctuary after his mother was hit and killed on the road and he was rescued from her pouch.
The furry marsupial watched television with rangers, slept with a toy teddy bear, and delighted in having his tummy rubbed, the Sanctuary near Townsville said in a Facebook post.
But after the monster storm Cyclone Yasi tore through Queensland in 2011, prompting the closure of the park for 10 weeks, Tonka went into a mysterious decline, refusing food and losing weight.
It wasn’t until the park reopened that Tonka became his normal self, cleaning out his food bowl for the first time in weeks.
“The conclusion? Tonka had missed his pats and cuddles and become depressed! Since then he never looked back,” the sanctuary said.
Tonka, who was seven, was put down on Saturday after extensive tests showed he had irreversible kidney damage.
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WOMBATS ARE FOUND NATURALLY ONLY IN AUSTRALIA
Wombats are Australian marsupials; they are short-legged, muscular quadrupeds, approximately 1 metre (39 in) in length with a short, stubby tail. They are adaptable in their habitat tolerances, and are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania, as well as an isolated patch of about 300 ha in Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland.
The name wombat comes from the aborigines who originally inhabited the Sydney area. Wombats were often called badgers by early settlers because of their size and habit. Because of this, localities such as Badger Creek, Victoria and Badger Corner, Tasmania were named after the wombat.
Wombats dig extensive burrow systems with rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws. One distinctive adaptation of wombats is their backwards pouch. The advantage of a backwards-facing pouch is that when digging, the wombat does not gather dirt in its pouch over its young. Although mainly crepuscular and nocturnal, wombats also venture out to feed on cool or overcast days. They are not commonly seen, but leave ample evidence of their passage, treating fences as minor inconveniences to be gone through or under, and leaving distinctive cubic faeces.
Rare White Wombat Rescued in Australia
By Karen Mae Cordon | October 26, 2011 6:02 PM EST
A rare type of white wombat, rescued in Cedu, Australia, was able to recover and regain its health back. The baby wombat was found a month ago near the town. He was alone and in a very poor condition – exhausted, dehydrated, and almost dying.
au.ibtimes.com/articles/237799/20111026/rare–white… – Cached
www.wombania.com/wombat–day.htm – Cached
Since 2005 there has been an unofficial holiday called Wombat Day observed on 22 October, at the beginning of the traditional aboriginal spring planting season.
WOMBANIA is the official Wombat site
Go to the link below for images:Wombat Rue Celebrates Wombat Day, courtesy of Wombat Rue comics
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Wombat Day – Image Results