All this may sound as though I am trying to discourage the practice of hand-rearing orphaned wombats, but this is not so. However, too many people attempt it unaware of what is entailed in raising a well-adjusted wombat. In most households, furniture-chewing and carpet-digging are unpopular pastimes, not to mention cupboard-exploring and door-demolishing, so compromises have to be made by both the human and the wombat. A wombat that has almost constant human company and frequent supervised rambles in a large garden, or, better, an area of bushland, will do little or no damage to the house at all - it has no reason to (Figure 8.3).

Some people find the task of rearing a wombat beyond them, and so the orphan is passed to a zoo or a privately owned wildlife park. Others find it such a rewarding, entertaining and enjoyable experience that they tolerate the inconveniences and nurture the wombat until it is ready for independence.

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