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Wombat Bear?[edit]

Why was vombatus ursinus chosen as its name? 118.90.65.2 (talk) 12:15, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Changing photos of the wrong wombat species[edit]

No big deal but I just thought that the 2 out of 3 images of the southern hairy nosed rather than the common should be changed (although the last one does look comoon too) seeing that this is a common wombat article (and I can recognize the latter very well). Since they are prevalent on my property and a local camping ground and sometimes there during the daytime which is rarer I might see what I can do about some more pics if there is genuine interest. (Fortunately and unfortunately at the same time: the NPWS here had to shoot several there before because they were inundated with dog mange and very poorly and uncomfortable animals! (It is an atrocious disease as any human who has ever had scabies can attest to and these animals had 25% or so of body covered in hardened elephant like skins as a result of it and I can assure you they appreciated the euthenasia.) Now that the new tenants in the area (I mean the new wombats of course) are good healthy specimens, and the importance of banning dogs at the campsite - which deliver the mange - has been advertized, there might be an opportunity to take some good photos! Kind Regards 122.148.41.172 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 11:37, 3 November 2010 (UTC).

More photos would always be very welcome! Chipmunkdavis (talk) 07:07, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

File:Vombatus ursinus -Maria Island National Park.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Vombatus ursinus -Maria Island National Park.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on July 23, 2011. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2011-07-23. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :) Thanks! howcheng {chat} 17:06, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Common wombat
The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is one of three species of wombat. It is native to south-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania, and grows to an average of 98 cm (39 in) long and a weight of 26 kg (57 lb). It is solitary and lives in an underground burrow.Photo: JJ Harrison


Star Wars[edit]

Wasn't the Wombat referenced in Star Wars? I believe that Luke Skywalker mentioned shooting them from his land cruiser. I think this bit of trivia should be mentioned 214.13.47.111 (talk) 14:45, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

The Star Wars reference is to a womp rat. Blake Burba (talk) 21:13, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

Distribution and occurrence in the Otway Ranges, South Western Victoria[edit]

Note that the distribution map excludes the Otway Ranges, however I have seen them there myself, at various locations from Cape Otway to Wongarra (near Lorne including more than one recent roadkilled on the Great Ocean Road. Several sources state that they have been locally extinct in the region (for example[1]) since they were subject to a bounty and virtually exterminated prior to the 1950s.[2] However I have also found sources that mention their reintroduction (when I don't know), for example[3]. The following map suggests that while exceedingly rare, numerous sightings have been made in western Victoria relatively recently.[4][5] --EvenGreenerFish (talk) 03:59, 5 January 2015 (UTC)