Drinking

Grassy creek and river banks are popular feeding areas at all times, but a wombat rarely drinks from the stream or any other free water except when all the grass has yellowed and lost most of its moisture. When a wombat does drink, it makes very little sound. The muzzle is thrust into the water, but at an angle so that the nostrils are still above water level. The lower jaw then moves up and down rhythmically as the wombat apparently sucks the water into its mouth. It swallows regularly and can drink nearly a litre, without a pause, in three to four minutes. I have watched a wombat drink without pause for as long as eight minutes (Figure 5.13).

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