Long considered a pest and valued only slightly for its meat - especially in the extremely Australian - sounding wombat stew, wombats have battled to be seen above Australia's often extraordinary wildlife. An American seeing one would likely mistake it for a pudgy groundhog and then go looking for a killer bird or venomous duck-billed animal. But, like all animals, wombats are interesting in their own ways. With their backward pouch and extensive tunnels, they deserve attention as much as the deadlier or weirder animals. While they are ignored by most people, they are generally detested by farmers for the damage they do to fields.
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