This large, pudgy mammal is a marsupial, or pouched animal, found in Australia and on scattered islands nearby. Like other marsupials, wombats give birth to tiny, undeveloped young that crawl into pouches on their mothers' bellies. A wombat baby remains in its mother's pouch for about five months before emerging. Even after it leaves the pouch, the young animal will frequently crawl back in to nurse or to escape danger. By about seven months of age, a young wombat can care for itself.
I met this marsupial at the San Diego Zoo in a one-on-one back-stage pass tour. He was so cute, and was a lot of fun. He lifts his nose to smell everything, as he's very curious. Nov 22, 2014 - Rob Schroeter