Hello Cruel World
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
In re wombats
Cute? photo and story about wombats in yahoo's news.
> How an Aussie babe-in-a-pouch survived the accident that killed her
mum (Tue Jun 8, 2004, AFP)

Secret Life of Wombats
James Woodford
ISBN 1877008435 (?)

ISBN: 1876485868
Publisher: TEXT
ISBN: 1876485868

Secret Life of Wombats
Author: Woodford, James
Paperback (C Format); Illustrations
232 pages
Published: July 2001
The Text Publishing Company Pty Ltd
ISBN: 1876485868

In 1960, when he was a fifteen-year-old schoolboy at Timbertop, Peter
Nicholson began to investigate the secret world of wombats by crawling down
their burrows and making friends with them. In this enthralling book James
Woodford, bestselling author of The Wollemi Pine, tells the
extraordinary story of Nicholson's research and then sets off himself in
pursuit of the elusive wombat

Child's Guide to

A silly wombat
(childish, rather than for children)

There's a story about href="http://au.news.yahoo.com/040608/21/pd8i.html">mapping the genome
of a wallaby too. Interesting
to compare different types of mammals, what's shared & what's different.

>Marsupials have some good original features & adaptations for the
variable Australian climate. A female kangaroo or wallaby can secrete two
different types of milk simultaneously. And have one embryo "paused" in
suspension internally , with another small young attached to a teat in her
pouch and a third joey at foot still suckling part-time & occasionally
sheltering in her pouch. Am not sure how many others, like wombats, possums
& so forth, have the same capacity. Then there's the very efficient hopping
locomotion for long distances ...

If all that's too much, relax & feel justified by reading href="http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~manfred/jeremy_australia.htm">Australi
a: The Confusing Country by Orinoco (a.k.a. Jeremy Lee) - or on href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A12295">h2g2 at the BBC's Douglas Adams
section (Also see discussion at href="http://www.funtrivia.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB40&Numb
er=289031&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1"> funtrivia

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