Saturday, May 28, 2011

New born Baby Wombats

Wombats are Australian marsupials. They are short-legged, muscular quadrupeds, approximately 1 meter (39 in) in length with a very short tail. They are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. The name wombat comes from the Eora Aboriginal community who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.

Female wombats give birth to a baby wombat after a gestation period usually around spring time. A female wombat’s gestation period also varies depending on which kind of wombat specie it is. But usually the gestation period is around or approximately 20-22 days. Newborn and baby wombats are referred to as a joey. A newborn wombat does not have the senses of sight, smell and hearing. They are only bean sized and only weigh a gram. Yes, they’re only literally bean sized. A newborn wombat stays inside the backwards facing pouch of the mother wombat for a couple of months. For some wombat specie, a newborn wombat stays in the pouch for 6-7 months, for other wombat species it’s for 9-11 months and for other it’s for 6-10 months.