It's World Wombat Day So You Too Should Celebrate Cubed Poo
From their cube-shaped poop to their short, stumpy legs, there's a lot to love about wombats.
Tiffany Stosmill, a wombat keeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is unsurprisingly a big fan of the slow-moving marsupials.
"These guys are just extremely adorable animals," she told 10 daily.
"What I love about them is just their nature, and the fact that they're a burrowing species, I just love that as well."
It's World Wombat Day and zookeepers like Stosmill want Australians to give their favourite native animal a moment's appreciation.
There are three species of wombat in Australia -- the bare nosed wombat (also known as the common wombat), the southern hairy-nosed wombat, and the northern hairy-nosed wombat.
The northern hairy-nosed wombat is in the process of clawing its way back from near extinction. The largest of the three species, its population is currently confined to a section of Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland.
While the southern hairy-nosed wombat is faring better, it is listed as an endangered species.
The common wombat, as its name would suggest, is the most widespread of the species but is currently classed as near threatened.
Ella, Australia Zoo's newest wombat joey, is a common wombat.
The little keg-on-legs turned 10 months old on Tuesday and is playing an important role in the zoo's breeding program.
“Elle has an important role here at Australia Zoo as she is an ambassador for her cousins in the wild and she helps to educate people on the importance of wombat conservation,” said Claudia Zweck, the zoo's Head of Native Animals.
“Steve [Irwin] always said that if we can teach people about wildlife, that’s our first step towards saving it."
At Sydney's Taronga Zoo, southern hairy-nosed wombat Waru is still coming to terms with leaving the pouch.
After sadly losing his mum to a rare fungal infection, the now eight-month-old requires around the clock care and daily feeds every four hours.
"He is becoming increasingly confident and more curious every single day," keeper Suzie McNamara said.
"He is slowly choosing to spend less and less time out of his [man made] pouch which he is almost too big for now."
Hand-rearing a wombat is no small task.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's resident common wombat was found as an orphan on the NSW south coast at only three months old.
Helping him grow into the 30 kilogram six-year-old he is today was a 24/7 undertaking, but as Stosmill explains, he shows his appreciation regularly.
"I describe him as an old man," Stosmill said.
"He loves to run out and make sure that everyone knows that it's his exhibit but at the same time if he sees you in the area he'll come over and want a pat."
When it comes to encountering a wombat in the wild, particularly nearby roads, there are a few things members of the public can do.
"If you see one on the side of the road and you can see that it's alive, obviously you just leave it alone," Stosmill said.
"If you can tell that it's dead then check where its pouch would be on a female."
A wombat's pouch is located in roughly the same area as a belly button is on a human, so it isn't too hard to locate.
If there does happen to be a joey inside, call your local wildlife service, take a photo of the animal and stay with it until someone arrives to take it into care.