WOMBATS ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FIRES, SHELTERING ANIMALS IN THEIR BURROWS

Wombats are letting other animals use their complex underground tunnels to escape the fires. Wombats are said to be “inviting” other animals into their underground homes so they can get away from the fires and smoke in Australia for a little while. Peter Hylands, a filmmaker who recently went deep into Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary, says that their complex underground tunnels are used as homes by animals like lizards and wallabies that you might not expect to see there.

“There are completely unharmed animals, so they must have been underground,” he told Yahoo News. “That’s the only way to explain it since the fire zones are so big.” “I’ve seen echidnas, lizards, skinks, rabbits, and other animals go into burrows. Yolandi Vermaak, in charge of Wombat Rescue, told MatadorNetwork.com that she had even seen a small wallaby. Brigitte Stevens of the Wombat Awarenesses Organization says that wombats are well known for living with other species. Stevens once wrote about a 900-acre complex of 89 wombat burrows.

“They live in dry, arid areas, so many other animals depend on their burrows to stay alive,” said Yahoo. “Inside, they are full of insects, reptiles, birds that live in their burrows, echidnas, and sheep and kangaroos that take shelter in the entrance.”

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