By Jenni Ryall
SYDNEY — Oct. 22 is an important day for Australians. It is Wombat Day
Much like Christmas Day is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, on Wombat Day we celebrate the birth of wombats. There are no gifts or tree, actually not much happens at all.
The tenth annual Wombat Day passed with little fanfare, a small amount of wombat cakes were baked and a bunch of wombats dug some holes
In celebration of this under-appreciated Aussie legend, here’s all the wombat trivia you will ever need.
Wombats live in south-east Australia, including Tasmania, with a few hanging out in Queensland. They are a protected species Down Under.
Although it may have similarities with a badger, it’s closest known ancestor is the koala. Except they have upside down pouches and do not climb trees.
They have never been put on a pedestal in Australia, with the koala getting all the street cred. No one knows why, as wombats are obviously the interesting ones.
We don’t even eat them. And Australians eat everything.
Wombats are obsessed with digging using their teeth and claws and live in burrows 30 metres long.