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Published on Jun 11, 2009
The wombat is a marsupial and lives in Australia. Like other marsupials, a wombat gives birth to a tiny, undeveloped young (a joey) that crawls into the pouch on its mothers' belly. The joey remains in its mother's pouch for about five months before emerging. Even after it leaves the pouch, the young animal will frequently crawl back in to nurse or to escape danger. By about seven months of age, a young wombat can take care for itself. Some species (the northern hairy-nosed wombats) are now critically endangered, while others (the common or coarse-haired wombat) are still hunted as vermin.