The Local Wombat Population Has Dug a Crater 65 Feet in Diameter and 13 Feet Deep
Because of the long period of drought, the wombat population in the area was relentlessly around the farm, creating a 13 feet deep crater with a 65 feet diameter. As the crater was drying out, the wombats were digging further underground, getting closer to the water source. Apparently, their efforts also got water to local wallabies, wallaroos, and kangaroos. Soon, the Hunter Region Landcare Network created a camera trap at the spot and recorded a myriad of other animals who were attracted to the water. These included birds, possums, echidnas, goannas, and emus.
The Wombat Species Is Not Known for Digging for Water
According to biologist Julie Old, who is now studying the site, the wombat was not known to dig for water. They usually dig their burrows in creeks or small ditches found under trees, where the stability of the burrow was boosted by the roots. However, the Wombat Soak, as the site has been called, has none of these properties. Old also stated that wombats are often called ecological engineers because of their burrow digging and the fact that they make habitats for other animals as well.
Some animal species have been seen sharing burrows with the normally solitary wombat, although such relationships are rarely friendly. Such cases were also reported during the fire season when wombat burrows were discovered to contain other species who were sheltering from the flames. Wombats are now commonly hailed as heroes for other species because of their life-saving assistance during difficult conditions.