Just don't pick a fight with one in your car. They have no road sense at all, and are too slow to get out of the way.
If you are unlucky enough to hit one, then you are likely to have the car engine back in the front seat with you, after the engine has parted company with the engine mounts.
There was even an incident locally some years ago where one picked a fight with a train, got wedged under the front bogie and derailed the train. That was one tough wombat. Unfortunately the wombat didn't walk away from that one.
Of course if you have some time, you might like to check out another "Wombat" in "Come Midnight Monday". This was a kids show from the early 1980's. The first part is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDN7aTFpV30 It has been chopped up to get it to fit to Youtube's 10 minute maximum length limit back when it was uploaded. Only 7 episodes in 3 parts each
That ought to keep you amused for a while,
Unanderra in oz
I thought that if you tried something like that the critter would be gnawing on your arm instantly --or sooner. And yes, I have heard that they are very good at sump removal. Must have alloy steel bones.
Do they have any natural enemies? I swear that one of my daughters can turn beef into one of those things for dinner.
Only thing that we have that can do destruction when you hit one, are deer. and then the damage it usually just sheet metal.
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Hi Herb and all,
There's probably no problem at the teeth end with wombats. They are herbivores - maybe they are only a problem for Herb? The real problem is their claws that they use for digging their burrows. If you get the wrong end of them...
The one in the photo was probably raised by an animal park after his mum was hit by a car. They are like kangaroos, and carry their young in a pouch for a while until they are big enough to survive outside the pouch. If mum is hit and killed sometimes the joey survives if it is found quickly enough.
At present their only predators are wild dogs, and you wouldn't want to tangle with them by yourself either.
As for deer - yes we have a problem with them locally as well. In the late 1800's, some bright homesick Pommies thought it would be a good idea to bring some deer into Australia (before it was actually Australia) for hunting. So they got some from Indonesia. When they brought them ashore south of Sydney, they fenced them in against a river. Unfortunately the Indonesian deer can swim really well. They all escaped into what later became the Sydney's Royal National Park and have been happily raising more and more Bambi's.
They have now been sighted well south of Wollongong (where I live) and are a problem after dark on major high-speed roads. Anytime anyone proposes a cull to contain the problem of road accidents/vegetation degradation(they eat more than Aussie wildlife) the shout goes up "You can't shoot Bambi" - and so the problem of introduced wildlife damaging the survival chances of native wildlife continues...
Oh, wombats and deer aren't the only wildlife road hazards in Australia. Don't get me started on kangaroos and emus..
Unanderra in oz