im sorry how the fuck big are those things
My question from this, assuming it’s true, is not ‘how big are those things’ but ‘how smart are those things’
They are engaging in behavior that benefits the ecosystem in which they live, but which has no immediate, obvious direct benefit to them.
That implies at least some ability to grasp a future benefit. Which means that we’re probably looking at an intelligence in the ballpark of great apes other than man, elephants, and crows.
I know very little about wombats and have never seen one, but are there any Aussies out there who can direct me to resources that go past the basic “they live in groups this size and eat this.”
Have we even done research into wombat intelligence? They don’t appear to have an extended lifespan, so my initial guess would have been to put them about with horses but if this is true…
(As a note, it does appear that the wombat in the picture is a particularly large specimen).
With that said, they ARE a lot bigger than I realized.Here’s Steve Irwin with one.
found @ 30 likes ON 2020-01-13 10:47:28 BY ME.ME