When visitors from overseas think about the terror of the Aussie bush, they think of snakes, crocodiles and spiders. You don’t usually think of wombats.
But wombats can be cranky beasts when they want to be (I know, I cared for one when I worked at a wildlife park). Cranky doesn’t usually equate to vicious though. Earlier this year, a wild wombat attacked a family in Dubbo (an outback town in New South Wales).
The family saw the wombat outside, and as one of them, the grandmother, had worked at a wildlife sanctuary caring for wombats, they went outside to see. That’s when the wombat ran at them. The grandmother tried to stop the wombat attacking her grand-daughter. While fending off the animal it took bites of her leg.
It also attacked her daughters who tried to help, knocking one over and ripping into the back of her legs.
Unfortunately, to save the family, others who heard the attack had to kill the wombat with an axe.
I like wombats, and wonder what made this one attack. They are nocturnal and usually quite shy as well, so it is very unusual it was even out and about. Perhaps it was injured or unwell? Perhaps it mistook the actions of the humans as an attack itself?
(I should note, wombats are protected in Australia).
As wombats are built like concrete besser blocks, I’m glad they don’t usually attack!