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Wombat attacks - how to read the injuries


Wombats attack other wombats, bottom line. That is why if you do not raise them correctly in rehabilitation, you may as well put a bullet in their head is what we say. As otherwise you are putting them out to a horrific death. Territory in today's society is prime land. Their habitat is reducing at a huge rate with urbanisation and rural properties sub dividing areas and putting roads in. Has this increased wombat attacks - I would have to say most definitely YES. The amount of wombats coming in attacked has increased for us by 100%. Survival rate is 50% or less as by the time we get them into care, they have been exposed to numerous attacks and infections. But even if we have to put them down, at least we are putting them out of their misery and pain.

Wombats will try to appear larger than the other wombat possibly and use screaming as a tactic to scare off the other wombat. This may work sometimes, other times it does not. If the wombat approaches too close, it may be chased off with a lot of snorting and screaming. It if runs, good. If it doesn't and stands its ground and fights, so many factors will determine the outcome. Weight, male or female, size, stamina (most important), bush wise skills.

So, how to read their injuries. If a wombat has attack marks on the head and head area only, it means that it is challenging head on and not backing down. It means that it is challenging for territory. That is what the wombats here have taught us, from hours and nights of watching. Eventually both wombats will collapse, exhausted. The average time for this to go on for is about 10-20min. After that they normally separate and go their separate ways, only to return another night.

However, if we see a wombat with bite marks only on the spine/back area and on their rump, this could be two things. Either a female who has been mated, or a wombat who has been attacked as it is either submissive or tried to run away but been caught.

If a wombat cannot get away from the dominant wombat, it will be literally hammered from the top until it stops moving. At this point the other wombat will leave it. As long as it tries to run, it will be attacked further. The instinct of a wombat is to survive so the injuries that they will endure are just amazing. I don't believe any human could even imagine. Yes, wombats will kill each other. It is the nature of the beast and one aspect of them that I don't like but that is nature. So, when we rehabilitate them, we make sure that the wombats we put back into the bush can survive, have the relevant skills and are completely dehumanised. We don't go by their weight or age, we go by the animal - is the ANIMAL ready.



Jasper, one of the lucky ones to have survived his injuries.
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