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Wombat

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Did you know? A group of wombats is called a "wisdom."

Wombat
Scientific name: Family: Vombatidae

Facts:

•    Like kangaroos, the wombat spends most of its time grazing. They use their rodent-like teeth and very strong jaws to grip and tear food such as grasses, roots, shoots, tubers, and even tree bark. A special stomach gland helps wombats easily digest the tough food.

•    A group of wombats is called a "wisdom."

•    Wombats are Australian marsupial mammals that have very short muscular legs and are the closest relative to the Koala. They have a backwards facing pouch so that when they are nursing young in their pouch they can still dig burrows and not fill their pouch with soil!

•    They have rodentlike incisors that never stop growing and are gnawed down on some of their tougher vegetarian fare.

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