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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote meets Wanda the Wombat!
Wombats are marsupials and can be found throughout a wide range of Australia. However unlike their cousins the Koala and the Kangaroo they are primarily nocturnal...
So in this special animal encounter Coyote gets to meet one sleepy Wombat who is just about to wake up from her daytime slumber.
Some might say you DON’T WAKE the WOMBAT, but Coyote feels that with a few carrots and some leafy greens as a breakfast offering, he’s got the inside track to being the Wombats best friend!
Get ready to meet Wanda!
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Caption: No no something that's really kind of . interesting and a little gross i guess . they have a bone in their backs here. that when they actually poop it's kind . of like one of those play-doh fun . factory machines there poop is square . let's square poop . [music]. australia is home to a plethora of. unique animal species and whether they . are dangerous and potentially deadly . like the eastern brown snake or . absolutely adorable like the brush tail . possum we were excited to be getting the . cameras up close in this episode we are . back at the billabong sanctuary located . in nome a small town just south of . townsville in north queensland this . family owned and operated establishment. is home to over 50 native species. broadly listed as one of greenland's top . eco tourism attractions for nearly 35 . years they have been contributing to . conservation efforts while also . providing the public with a hands-on . education about wildlife today i will be . getting to know one of their permanent . residents but you need marsupial known . as wanda the wombat. all right guys now the next animal we're . going to meet is just over here off to . the side and this is one of the most . bizarre licking mammals i think i have . ever seen have you guys ever heard of a . wombat no you haven't maybe you have . we'll get ready because we're about to . meet wanda all right bring her in it . kind of looks like a giant gerbil meets . a guinea pig but this is in fact a . marsupial look this is her rump right . here let me see if i keep patting order . to turn this direction can i turn her . around like this . oh she's heavy oh there you go let's put . you right here really think i'll lie . down right there there we go oh look at . that creature like a big bump on a log . all right i'm gonna actually come behind . her here i think that may be easier look . at that that is a wombat have you ever . seen a wombat before never this is my . first time ever being in contact with a . wombat look at that adorable face . well if she played mites they do have . rodent-like teeth and they use those. teeth to gnaw through bark and grasses . and brutes and how do you get to those . roots you use those incredible claws . right can we take a look at your claws . because that is one of the most . impressive things about the wombat is . their ability today i know we're just . starting to get to know each other . though right well its claws are . aggressive now they have these big paws . right they spread out like this almost . like the claws of a badger and they dig . dig dig dig dig down deep into a burrow . and that's where they will get down to . the good roots right are the roots . better a little deeper down now this is . a marsupial related to koalas and this . is like the koala of the ground right . they don't actually climb up into trees . but believe it or not this stout little . animal if it needs to can move at speeds . of close to 25 miles an hour so short . little legs plump body and incredible . speed. you almost look like a groundhog did you . know that we have groundhogs in ohio and . very similar coloration but you are not . related to grandpa are you no looks kind . of sleepy she definitely looks sleepy . right now doesn't she now they're . primarily knocked out so you're pouring . the war on camera right now you're gonna . be on youtube you're gonna be a star i . really want to see those paws the paws . are so impressive . i saw that i saw that there we go . well at least it got you up and standing . huh okay now we can see the pause right . guys zoom in on the pause there and look . at those claws the ferret is super. impressive right now look at the size of . her body i know i'm not gonna make any . sudden movements i promise now if . they're chased by a predator and they. start to go into the ground come here on . the back side let's take a look at the . wombats run come back here. stay play all of the backside of the . wombat is a solid mass of cartilage and . are come up slowly here see if you can . feel the backside of this creature not . only is the fur incredibly course but . this is solid right there so what they . will do is just kind of push the rump up . out in the back of the hole and a . predator can't actually get to them no . no something that's really kind of . interesting and a little gross i guess . see i'm right here by the back end of . the wombat they have a bone in their . backs here that when they actually poop . it's kind of like one of those play-doh . fun factory machines their poop is . square let's square poop all right now . why good question . now they only poop about every 14 days . right takes that long for all the bark . and roots and grasses to process through . their system then when they drop out . that square poop that actually use the . poop to mark their territories so. scientists think that they're square so. that they don't roll away or i'm . guessing in many instances so that dung . beetles don't come in and roll them away . there are many species of dung beetle . here in australia and those beetles will. push the turds away however they're . square they will stay put and then the . territory is mark it's pretty cool huh . the business under the wombat here so . let's come back around to the front it's . amazing she is so solid the mass of this . creatures potty is very impressive . now here's one thing that's also relates . to now this is a female right because . they're marsupials they have pouches . ripe because they're diggers you . wouldn't want to be throwing all of that . dirt into your pouch right so kangaroos . and koalas have pouches to face forward . the female wombat has a pouch that faces . backwards so i don't think she's gonna . let us kind of hold her up and see that . pouch but the pouch does face backward . so that when they're digging that dirt . doesn't go inside and get on the jelly . question is this wombat fully broke it . is fully grown right so you'll get a . little bit a little bit bigger than 25 . kilograms they can get as we got some . food all right well let's see if wanda . wants to eat carrot yes let's try that . wanda let me try it first . [music]. that's how she really can carry mana . sure okay now we're friends all right . well i've found a way to bond with the . wombat it's called the carrot . you know carrot is one of my favorite. snacks it's a healthy snack wanda just . so you know very proud of you there you . go. yeah now let me see if i can kind of . like hold it up like this miss idiots . see those teeth rushers right there and . i see why she's able to shoot through . bark yeah that's good everybody's now . she had to think about it there you see . that just stop for a second what else do . you care well out in the wild wombats . would be eating grasses and bark and . roots pretty much a real high-fiber kind . of diet what would be a predator to a . woman what are they looking out for well . obviously you've worn that watered down . near the edge of the water could be . eaten by something like a crocodile but . primarily the dingo is the only real . threat to a wombat at this summit a . smaller one i imagine would be taken by . something like an eagle or a large hawk . but i definitely not going to be able to . pick up a creature of this size if. you're a bird of prey i can't imagine . the talons would be able to even pierce . through that thick fur and skin okay got . down to the nub of the carrot there . that's about as far as you go don't to . lose the tips of your fingers to a . wombat they've been bitten by many . creatures and i don't think the wombat . is one that i want to add to the list . ikaw a little more fiber for that docket . out well she didn't like the jokes but . she likes the treats you know whatever . you got to do to make friends with her . wombat this definitely worked i . oftentimes find that it is food that . gets the animal to liven up a little bit . this is a little different than the . carrot huh. chomp away at that now you're waking up . huh. i wonder so wanda is a rescued wombat. and sadly her mother was hit by a car. and they found her as a little joey . inside of her pouch and she was saved . and she was actually hand raised and is . now here at the sanctuary and his part . of a wombat breeding program that's . right you got boyfriend don't you i . think she's done eating leaves she . doesn't really like these grasses as . much as she did the carrot yeah ready to . jump off in there huh that's pretty cool . man yeah . you notice the sun is starting to get . low in the sky and once it gets dark out . wanda is going to become very active as . a nocturnal creature she's going to be. out and about and searching for food but . we did have a carrot and we had some . grasses and i think at this point it's . time to call it a day . well that's pretty cool hanging out with . the one and only wombat i'm coyote . peterson be brave stay wild we'll see on. the next adventure . [music]. if you thought wanda was an adorable. marsupial make sure to go back and watch . as i got nose to nose with her smaller . cousin blossom the brush tail possum and . don't forget subscribe so you can join . me in the crew on this season of. breaking trail . [music]. .

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