13 comments on “Wombat hunts?

  1. A wombat would do a lot of damage to your car if you hit one at speed.

    They live in extensive burrow systems which they’d bolt into at a fair pace if threatened. It would be a pretty game ferret to go in after one.

  2. As a rural Australian I am against the wombat shoots. Yes they do cause problems if you hit them with your vehicle. It is much rarer than hitting kangaroo. I would prefer that they organised kangaroo shoots. It is more sportsmanlike as kangaroos are a lot quicker and do a lot more damage to a motor vehicle if you hit one of them. That would meet the criteria of providing positive benefits to the Chinese wanting to shoot marsupials and to rural Australians who will have a slightly diminished chance of extensive motor vehicle repairs after hitting a kangaroo.

  3. A wombat can bite right through your walking boots. So don’t prod them.

    Whatever happened to the mad woman who wanted to install speed bumps on outback roads to protect the ‘roos? Maybe she became Prime Minister.

  4. per wikipedia “Humans can receive puncture wounds from wombat claws, as well as bites. Startled wombats can also charge humans and bowl them over,[28] with the attendant risks of broken bones from the fall. One naturalist, Harry Frauca, once received a bite 2 cm (0.8 in) deep into the flesh of his leg—through a rubber boot, trousers and thick woollen socks.[29] A UK newspaper, The Independent, reported that on 6 April 2010, a 59-year-old man from rural Victoria state was mauled by a wombat (thought to have been angered by mange),[30] causing a number of cuts and bite marks requiring hospital treatment. He resorted to killing it with an axe”. Personally what with the various poisonous snakes, poisonous spiders (and ginormous ones as well) Australia is off my visiting list. And that’s just on land. With poisonous octopuses, various sharks and salt water crocodiles the water’s out as well.

  5. @moqifen: It’s a wonderful spot (if a continent can be said to be a spot); you’d be mad to miss it.

  6. There is a simple rule to follow here.

    “Who’s saying it?”

    “Sarah Hanson-Young.”

    “Ah, so it’s bullshit.”

  7. Death held out a hand. I WANT, he said, A BOOK ABOUT THE DANGEROUS CREATURES OF FOURECKS-

    Albert looked up and dived for cover, receiving only mild bruising because he had the foresight to curl into a ball.

    After a while Death, his voice a little muffled, said: ALBERT, I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD GIVE ME A HAND HERE.

    Albert scrambled up and pulled at some of the huge volumes, finally dislodging enough of them for his master to clamber free.

    HMM… Death picked up a book at random and read the cover. “DANGEROUS MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, BIRDS, FISH, JELLYFISH, INSECTS, SPIDERS, CRUSTACEANS, GRASSES, TREES, MOSSES, AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA, ” he read. His gaze moved down the spine. VOLUME 29C, he added. OH. PART THREE, I SEE.

    He glanced up at the listening shelves. POSSIBLY IT WOULD BE SIMPLER IF I ASKED FOR A LIST OF THE HARMLESS CREATURES OF THE AFORESAID CONTINENT?

    They waited.

    IT WOULD APPEAR THAT-

    “No, wait master. Here it comes.”

    Albert pointed to something white zigzagging lazily through the air. Finally Death reached up an caught the single sheet of paper.

    He read it carefully and then turned it over briefly just in case anything was written on the other side.

    “May I?” said Albert. Death handed him the paper.

    “‘Some of the sheep, ‘” Albert read aloud.

  8. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
    NZ has millions of introduced brushtailed possums wreaking destruction, I’m absolutely amazed our Kiwi mates haven’t let on their testes (the possums) are a powerful aphrodisiac…

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