Sunday, September 02, 2007

The foot meme, now with bonus wombat

This next photo is of my very first wombat. It's weird that I have been in Australia for more than three years and not seen a wombat. But that just made it all the more exciting. Even if it did spend the first five minutes of our encounter playing the "If I can't see you, you can't see me" game.

Eventually it came out to say hello, but I was a little bit nervous, in case it charged me. Which made the Australians laugh (a lot). But these things are big (around 3 feet long and 40 kg/90 pounds). And see the section on their behaviour in Wikipedia (which page incidentally has the best photo captions ever (Common wombat in the snow and A Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat sniffing).

Actually, pretty much every possible title gets better if you stick the word wombat in it.
Wombats on a Plane.
Brave New Wombat.
Wombats of the Caribbean.
The Wombats of Wrath.
The Wombat in the Rye.
The Lord of the Rings in all three incarnations:
The Fellowship of the Wombats, The Two Wombats, Return of the Wombats.
Wombats in Black.
The Wombat Ultimatum.

I could go on. But (you'll be glad to hear) I won't.


phishez_rule said...

That so cute! I've lived in Aus for my entire life, and I've never seen a wild wombat.

I'm so jealous.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

He's very cute -- and not at all what I'd expect a wombat to look like.

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...


Anonymous said...

fumbling towards wombat

The Scientist said...

wombatman begins!

StyleyGeek said...

The scientist wins :)

The Editter said...

Or, alternatives to your suggestions:
Snakes on a Wombat
Men in Wombats

sheepish said...

This is pretty awesome. In fact, I hate to say it, but I imagine it's just one long slide downhill for you after this glorious day.

a Shi said...

It must be the week of the Wombats I had two run out in front of me on the way to training on Monday!

Keri said...

I love that word -- Wombat!

Cute photo too!