4.06.2010

Tiny Tuesday: Karmann, an orphaned baby wombat.

Orphaned baby wombat, Karmann. Photos by Craig Borrow, via Daily Mail.

Too bad I don't have a marsupial pouch for this tiny wombat to live in. Baby Karmann here has triggered the cooing maternal instincts within, and I just can't help but want to swaddle him up and make him my very own wombat child. He even looks like a little beeb, all pink and naked like that. I imagine him starring in a delightful alternative ending of Rosemary's Baby.

Karmann was rescued from her dying mother's pouch, after they were hit by a car in East Gippsland, Australia. At 3-and-a-half months old (baby wombats don't usually leave the pouch until they're seven months), Karmann currently resides in a blanket nest, inside a small incubator at the Warrandyte Wildlife Shelter in Melbourne. Read the whole story, here.


Two fun facts about wombats:
1. Wombat pouches are located on their backs. Since they are burrowing creatures, they have little backpack pouches so that they won't cover their babies in dirt when they're digging.
2. Wombats have cube shaped poop. For real.

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