From about months of age onwards

DO give the young wombat opportunities to dig in the ground. (Reason: Digging, for a wombat, is as natural as breathing.)

DON'T cut the wombat's claws.

(Reason: They are naturally very long when it is young, but gradually become blunted with digging.)

DO if possible, at this age or earlier, rear the wombat with another of about the same age. If this cannot be arranged, gradually start to wean the wombat from human company.

(Reason: If it becomes less dependent on humans it is better able to adapt when it is eventually ready for release.)

DO continue to provide milk substitute as well as grass. Weaning usually occurs at about 15 months of age.

DO seek veterinarian advice if the orphan shows any sign of sickness or disease. Mange is a common problem, but in many cases it can be cured by following a strict regime of care. The Wombat Protection Society has an excellent web page which gives information on the treatment of mange. (

DO remember that the prime objective is to return the orphan to the wild as soon as it is able to fend for itself. The gauge of success is that the wombat is able to adjust easily to life in the wild and that it will be able to breed successfully.

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