Levitating killer WOMBAT takes the piss this time...

#1
Wombat mauls bushfire survivor

A man is recovering in hospital after he was mauled by a wombat at Flowerdale, north-east of Melbourne.

Paramedic Robert Gill said Bruce Kringle, 60, was a survivor of the Black Saturday bushfires and was living in a caravan while he built a new home.

Mr Gill said when the man went to leave the caravan this morning, he found the wombat on his door mat.

"Unfortunately the gentleman stood on the wombat and the wombat proceeded to get rather nasty and attacked him and inflicted some wounds to his lower legs and also to his arms as well," Mr Gill said.

"It took about 20 minutes. He did try to exit the area and get away from the wombat but my belief is that it kept coming at him."

A local resident said the man managed to kill the wombat with an axe.

Mr Gill said other residents had had a run-in with the wombat earlier.

"They were able to exercise caution with him and get rid of him further down the road, but unfortunately the next stop was this gentleman's door mat," he said.

Mr Gill said the man was bitten on the arms and legs and taken to the Northern Hospital in a stable condition.

Mr Kringle's friend, Kelly Smith, said the wombat pulled him to the ground in the attack.

"Apparently it attacked his leg and got him to the ground and started attacking his chest, then Brucey killed the wombat and got taken to hospital in an ambulance," she said.

Jeff McClure from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) said it was highly unusual for a wombat to attack a person.

"Wombats that are in an advanced stage of mange will become very agitated from the suffering and the irritation of the mange," he said.

He said if wombats are approached or feel threatened they will rush towards someone.

"But it's not known that they will push the attack to where they would physically attack someone."




What can I say? Bushfire...doormat...axe...mange...
 
#2
See! everything out there is out to get you......at least it wasn't an Airborne Wombat......give them time, they'll learn how to just for sheer spite.
 
#3
A wombat is just a badger with a pouch! Beware! They may turn badgerous!
 

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#5
We have two, as gate guardians. Seem harmless enough, and as long as regularly painted, pleasant to look at.
 
#6
jagman said:
Just how big are these Wombat creatures?
Not very, they stand about 12 inches high or so. I couldn't guess how it had bitten him on the arms. Even a dwarf would stand 3 feet taller, did it go for his throat, like the Monty Python rabbit? Did he come out pissed, trip over it and have to fight for his life?
 
#7
auscam said:
jagman said:
Just how big are these Wombat creatures?
Not very, they stand about 12 inches high or so. I couldn't guess how it had bitten him on the arms. Even a dwarf would stand 3 feet taller, did it go for his throat, like the Monty Python rabbit? Did he come out pissed, trip over it and have to fight for his life?
So he was savaged and hospitalised by something on the scale of a Hare?
There's the makings of a good B-movie plot there :D
 
#8
is it me or is Australia a bit like the film by John Cleese - Fierce Creatures. The one where to make the zoo more interesting they make every animal deadly and dangerous. FFS attached by an animal a foot tall - pissed up aussie exagerates te fu(k more like.
 
#9
Even the hares make an impact here; Many years ago, I was shambling around the house after dinner until a hellish scream emanated from the kitchen. Everyone galumphed the length of the house, to find that the cat had brought home the front half of a very large, very ex-hare as a present.

An impressive trail of blood, flesh, fur and hare-guts meandered out the door, beyond which hundreds of flying foxes were flying past on their way from the cliffs at the back of our property to the fruit farms on the other side of the valley.

The cat seemed quite miffed that its little tribute met with such a poor reception...

Edited to add; I can see it now, a charming vignette of Australian rural life circa 1975 - it might have made a good subject for a photo or painting, although not so much 'When did you last see your father', but 'When Luther came to dinner'

Any artists out there?
 
#11
Funnily enough, it did look like one of those dirty great Maine Coons, if somewhat smaller physically. Luther was its name, although its attitude was more Satanic than priestly.
 
#13
That is why you would never get me over there, flying things that bite you, swimming things that bite you, crawling things that bite you and now mange things that bite you
 
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firthy said:
is it me or is Australia a bit like the film by John Cleese - Fierce Creatures. The one where to make the zoo more interesting they make every animal deadly and dangerous. FFS attached by an animal a foot tall - pissed up aussie exagerates te fu(k more like.
The wildlife of the place as explained by Mr T Pratchett.

A book series known as "Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses and Lichens of Terror Incognita" extends at least into "Volume 29c Part Three", while a list of the harmless ones contains only "Some of the sheep." There are few poisonous snakes in XXXX, the explanation for this being that "most of them have been eaten by the spiders".
 
#15
Come now firthy, you have a set of 3RAR para wings for your avatar, you're no stranger to tall tales.

In any case, check the ABC website if you don't believe me :)
 
#16
Thank fcuk Im African, atleast you can see the elephants, lions, rhinos etc.
 
#17
Wombats may only be a foot tall, but fcuk me those buggers are fierce. We used to get a couple come through the neighbourhood trees, and they'd happily attack my rottweiller.

As for the scratches on his arms, the pyschotic little fcuker probably climbed straight up him :D
 
#18
jagman said:
auscam said:
jagman said:
Just how big are these Wombat creatures?
Not very, they stand about 12 inches high or so. I couldn't guess how it had bitten him on the arms. Even a dwarf would stand 3 feet taller, did it go for his throat, like the Monty Python rabbit? Did he come out pissed, trip over it and have to fight for his life?
So he was savaged and hospitalised by something on the scale of a Hare?
There's the makings of a good B-movie plot there :D
Yes, you could call it Night of the Lepus or something? :D
 
#19
johnboyzzz said:
That is why you would never get me over there, flying things that bite you, swimming things that bite you, crawling things that bite you and now mange things that bite you
All very well, it's the bitey things you have to watch out for though.
 
#20
Gee....brings back memories. Subject one (1) for Corporal, passing out parade at 'Pukka' (Puckapunyal army camp, approx 60 miles north of Melbourne, Australia). Standing around in our 'greens' and 'spitties' in the tin huts and someone caught a feral cat, shoved it in a sandbag and stirred it up. Let it loose in one of the huts and a sh*t storm erupted, fcuk we laughed! Guys were diving out of the lines trying to get away from this cat, all the time getting all their kit stuffed, just before pass out.

Kicks in the arse all round! But, our course reports were already typed and signed.
 

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