Out of the sadness comes a sweet event, Wombat's offering comfort to other animals in the Australian fires.

As Jackie French, director of The Wombat Foundation, told the Canberra Times:

"It's been fascinating to watch - around six weeks ago, they moved into their deepest burrows, some of which are 100 metres long," she said. "They've been sharing these burrows with each other, because they know."

 

She said the burrows were deep and well-ventilated enough, with interlocking tunnels, that the wombats would be protected from fire - an evolutionary quirk it had been a privilege to watch in action.

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