The Wombat Adventure
My daughter is starting school next year and learning how to put letters together to form words. She has figured out how to put “p” together with a double “o” and well she is obsessed…
It all started when we visited Kangaroo Valley a few weeks ago, for a camping trip. The grass at the campsite was covered with, well…poo.
It was a strange kind of shape though, which got us speculating, and then investigating the source of these faeces. Shortly after we embarked on our exploration mission, we spotted the offender. A cute, furry, grass-eating wombat. In fact, we observed several of these cute animals during the course of these three nature-immersed days.
So calm, grazing the endless green lawn, as if no one and nothing in the world can interfere with their lunch. We noticed how similar they are to koalas, their tree climbing cousins, and literally had to hold back from giving them a big family hug.
Later we discovered wombat burrows and were excited to learn first-hand about their habitat. We’ve never seen wombats in the wild, so this was quite a unique experience. One of curiosity, observation and joint family learning.
Author bio: Yaela is a science communication researcher focusing on citizen science research and practice. She loves science in all its forms and enjoys family getaways and “exploring”.