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Kings highway wombats doing it tough

By 1337Hax0r - 10 September 2012 7

I drove down to the coast on the week end and counted 13 dead wombats in my travels. Poor buggers were laying beside the road, paws pointed to the sky. In some places there were two corpses in less than 100 meters. Most were between Braidwood and Bungendore. All were sprayed with a cross on them. I am assuming WIRES flips them upside down to check for young and then leaves them there? Or is this the work of some serial tagger who has a penchant for tagging dead animals?

Anyway, there’s now a very nice new strip of road between Quangers and HQJOC that’s a lot straighter and less hilly than the old road.

And as usual on the way back I got overtaken by idiots doing stupid speeds. One must have been doing at least 140 on one stretch approaching Bungendore. Still I spotted a cop car sitting in among the bushes on a dirt track on the left side of the road so they must have gotten done.

I feel sad for so many dead wombats on that road. It must be wombat mating or migration season I guess.


ED – At this point it seems best to include Douglas Adams’ thoughts on the Wombat:

The creature that kills the most people each year is the common Wombat. It is nearly as ridiculous as its name, and spends its life digging holes in the ground, in which it hides. During the night it comes out to eat worms and grubs.
The wombat kills people in two ways: First, the animal is indestructible. Digging holes in the hard Australian clay builds muscles that outclass Olympic weight lifters. At night, they often wander the roads. Semi-trailers (Road Trains) have hit them at high speed, with all 9 wheels on one side, and this merely makes them very annoyed. They express this by snorting, glaring, and walking away. Alas, to smaller cars, the wombat becomes a symmetrical launching pad, with results that can be imagined, but not adequately described.

The second way the wombat kills people relates to its burrowing behaviour. If a person happens to put their hand down a Wombat hole, the Wombat will feel the disturbance and think “Ho! My hole is collapsing!” at which it will brace its muscled legs and push up against the roof of its burrow with incredible force, to prevent its collapse. Any unfortunate hand will be crushed, and attempts to withdraw will cause the Wombat to simply bear down harder. The unfortunate will then bleed to death through their crushed hand as the wombat prevents him from seeking assistance. This is considered the third most embarrassing known way to die, and Australians don’t talk about it much.

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Kings highway wombats doing it tough
GYW 12:07 am 11 Sep 12

I was driving to the coast one Friday night and was just thinking that the carload of young guys behind me were way too close when I came around a corner and there was a wombat in the middle of the road. I saw it in time and was able to miss it but the idiots behind me hit it, thankfully killing it instantly. They did manage to drag it off the road, but while I and another woman from the car behind them were carefully checking for a pouch with a joey (it turned out to be a Mr Wombat) they were busy checking for damage to their car and then drove off and left us to it. Some people just don’t care, and it makes me really sad.

Conan of Cooma 5:10 pm 10 Sep 12

Madam Cholet said :

Coincidentally, I drove down to Merimbula via Brown Mountain and noted an inordinate number of dead wombats – rather large ones at that. I also wondered if it is mating season meaning that they must be out soliciting the affections of others and consequently getting cleaned up by cars. Considering the traffic going that way is a lot less than down to the Bay, it’s pretty unlucky for the five or six wombats I must have counted. One poor soul on the Monaro before Cooma was plastered for quite a few yards.

There is massive amounts of truck traffic that services the South Coast via that road, plus all the logger cowboys from down Bombala way. Hence the total lack of bumpers and bits of plastic – They copped it from a road train!

Madam Cholet 5:02 pm 10 Sep 12

Coincidentally, I drove down to Merimbula via Brown Mountain and noted an inordinate number of dead wombats – rather large ones at that. I also wondered if it is mating season meaning that they must be out soliciting the affections of others and consequently getting cleaned up by cars. Considering the traffic going that way is a lot less than down to the Bay, it’s pretty unlucky for the five or six wombats I must have counted. One poor soul on the Monaro before Cooma was plastered for quite a few yards.

mossrocket 10:57 am 10 Sep 12

There are actually gangs of wombat taggers who use the x’s to claim their turf… you can tell which gang’s territory you are in by noting the colour of the painted X – pink being the Bloods affiliated Braidwood gang’s tag and blue the Crips affiliated Bungendore gang – though there are often boundary wars where the colours mix…

(my ex is a Braidwood Blood – so I really do know about this)
🙂

mossrocket 10:53 am 10 Sep 12

And here I was thinking the X’s were the newest installation art of eX di medici…

Conan of Cooma 10:45 am 10 Sep 12

Yeah, tis the season. Older children are being booted to make room for the new ones. Warmer weather brings them out more often, as well. The road between Braidwood and Numeralla is a slaughterhouse this time of year.

EvanJames 9:42 am 10 Sep 12

Yes, the spaypainted cross means the dead animal has been checked to ensure there’s no babies in the pouch. They do it for roos, too. In fact, in that region, chances are it’s our erstwhile Secretary of the Treasury or his wife, they are wombat activisits.

And with so many wombats “threatening” cars, you can expect to hear calls for a cull any day now.

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