Monday, September 20, 2010

Gardening with Wombats

Nouvelle-Hollande:Le Wombat
From Voyage de decouvertes aux Terres Australes
C.A. Lesueur, Paris 1807
Lumbering out from the forest to investigate what had just been planted was a large brown wombat. When the sky is overcast and the day is cool, they can make an appearance in a garden close to bushland to see what tasty grass or sedge plants they can nibble on or dig completely out of the ground so that they can sample the roots. This can be a bit disheartening when you are trying to establish a new garden.The one I encountered today seemed oblivious to the four people working nearby as he took his time to have a look around pausing only to scratch his rump for fleas or sniff the air. Where was my camera when I needed it close by.
Sadder though to see a dead one beside the road on the drive home, its bloated hide spray painted with a yellow cross to warn motorists of its presence.

1 comment:

  1. Fancy having a wombat as a gardener's companion! Other bloggers from Australia also show these animals, which we only see in the zoo.