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Anzac and Peggy!? OOOOOOHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO!
August 3, 2012 8:58 AM   Subscribe

This baby kangaroo and this baby wombat are friends. BEST FRIENDS. Warning: near-unparalleled levels of OMFGCUTE.
posted by davidjmcgee (58 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Fizz at 9:02 AM on August 3, 2012


WOMBAT IS SO SMILEY.
posted by sweetkid at 9:02 AM on August 3, 2012 [6 favorites]


Okay, normally wombat and 'cute' don't really go together...
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:05 AM on August 3, 2012


Needs WARNING: DAILY MAIL tag.

Because cute does not excuse reactionary right-wing rabble rousing.

(saved by tea and kittens)
posted by Devonian at 9:06 AM on August 3, 2012 [4 favorites]


Huh. They look kind of grotesque to me. I wouldn't even eat them unless I was starving.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:07 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


More surprised that it wasn't a BREAK UP THIS SICK INTERRACIAL HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE WHICH WILL CAUSE YOUR MORTGAGE CANCER headline (from the Mail)
posted by davemee at 9:07 AM on August 3, 2012 [9 favorites]


Leave it to the Daily Mail comments section to make even these pictures a time for GRAR and doom. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:10 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


YOU JUST KILLED ME.

The fact that the wombat's name is Peggy is what really sent me over the edge. Thanks!
posted by amarynth at 9:12 AM on August 3, 2012


VERY (ridiculously) cute but would have appreciated a Daily Mail alert or something as I a make a conscious effort to avoid having anything to do with that website or 'newspaper'
posted by joboe at 9:12 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


I hope our future alien overlords look like these guys.
posted by angrycat at 9:13 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wombat is pretty clearly Curley from the Three Stooges.
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:14 AM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


interspecieslove.tumblr.com
posted by Fizz at 11:02 AM on August 3 [+] [!]


That site is surprisingly safe for work.
posted by mysterpigg at 9:16 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Okay, normally wombat and 'cute' don't really go together...

Good day, sir.
posted by zamboni at 9:17 AM on August 3, 2012 [6 favorites]


That site is surprisingly safe for work.

Unlike the Daily Mail!
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:18 AM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


While looking at that first picture, did anyone else feel their head involuntarily tilt to the side?
posted by the_bone at 9:19 AM on August 3, 2012 [6 favorites]


VERY (ridiculously) cute but would have appreciated a Daily Mail alert or something as I a make a conscious effort to avoid having anything to do with that website or 'newspaper'

Hover over the link, and you see the link URL in the status bar of your browser.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 9:20 AM on August 3, 2012 [8 favorites]


While looking at that first picture, did anyone else feel their head involuntarily tilt to the side?

Fun fact: in Australia, heads involuntarily tilt the opposite direction!
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:20 AM on August 3, 2012 [13 favorites]


Normally, I'm not into cute. And right now I'm jetlagged.

But .... AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
posted by infini at 9:22 AM on August 3, 2012


The little roo is cute, but the wombat looks like Kerry Packer.
posted by flabdablet at 9:28 AM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


You know who else liked cuddling with a wombat?

That's right, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle.
posted by griphus at 9:29 AM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


Baby wombats look shockingly like naked mole rats.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:29 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Peggy looks sortof like an old man. But in a cute way!
posted by snorkmaiden at 9:32 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Peggy looks sortof like an old man. But in a cute way!

Just like human babies, then.
posted by zamboni at 9:42 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


You know who else liked cuddling with a wombat?

If you don't like cuddling a wombat, you've really got no business living in society. Also all children must own Diary of a Wombat. It's the Moby Dick of children's literature about wombats.

Wombats.
posted by gompa at 9:48 AM on August 3, 2012 [6 favorites]


WOMBATS!
posted by gompa at 9:48 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love the fourth picture, it's like Peggy is saying, "Hahaha, stop it, Anzac! You craaaaazy!"
posted by palomar at 9:50 AM on August 3, 2012 [4 favorites]


In that first picture, they kind of remind me of some old married couples I've seen.

Which makes me wonder: If these two could get married and have babies, what would the offspring be called? A "wombaroo"? A "kangabat"? Or perhaps something a bit more mundane, like "Alice" or "Steve"?

Sorry, need more caffeine...
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 9:53 AM on August 3, 2012 [5 favorites]


I vote wombaroo.
posted by merelyglib at 9:58 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


It is spelled "frands". As in OMG BEST FRANDS.

(possibly also needs the interspecies snorgling tag)
posted by elizardbits at 9:58 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am now going to have to squeeze the hell out of my cat when I get home. He has no idea.
posted by orme at 10:07 AM on August 3, 2012 [4 favorites]


In high school I was part of a city-wide science club thing. Our end-of-the-year project was to build a rocket (these were about 5 feet long and 6" in diameter) and launch it off at a big launch party thing.

Each rocket had to be named. Most people named theirs spaceshippy-sounding things, but I was am a Weird Kid, and named mine Wombat. I thought it was funny. People were all "Wombat is a stupid name for a rocket" and I was all "well your face is stupid," and that's about how things proceeded until launch day.

The Wombat soared higher than anyone else's rocket. (I'm not even, like, especially good at rocket building, I think I just got lucky.) However, mine was the only one that got lost. Everyone else got to take their launched rocket home for a souvenir. The Wombat was loose somewhere in the South Carolinian wild.

A few weeks later, I got a call from someone who had found my rocket! (We put our contact information inside them for just such a situation.) Their dog had found it when they were out on a hike, and it had been spending its time buried under a bunch of mucky leaves. I got The Wombat back, but it was pretty disheveled.

Anyway, what I'm saying is...Wombat was just a randomly chosen name at the time. But now, after seeing pictures of Peggy here, I can see that I am the greatest prognosticator ever. There is almost zero difference in appearance between my post-launch wombat and this one.
posted by phunniemee at 10:27 AM on August 3, 2012 [17 favorites]


"...at the Wildlife Kilmore Center"???!


You sick antipodean bastards. What's the best kind of balaclava for a rescue op.
posted by samofidelis at 10:28 AM on August 3, 2012 [8 favorites]


My darling and I send each other cute animals and crazy links all day. He sent this as his first e-mail of the day yesterday and I told him, I quit. You won the Internet. I'm just going to turn off my computer and go home.

Can someone clue me in on the significance of "Peggy"? I get Anzac, but not Peggy.
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:39 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I approve these pictures.
posted by w0mbat at 10:44 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had a storybook about this very scenario when I was little. Joey the Kangaroo and Wally the Wombat played together and got into mischief, and then Joey's mother told him he couldn't play with Wally anymore because he was supposed to be learning how to be a kangaroo and should just stick with his own kind.
posted by orange swan at 10:50 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


VERY (ridiculously) cute but would have appreciated a Daily Mail alert or something as I a make a conscious effort to avoid having anything to do with that website or 'newspaper'

As referred to by Devonian further up the thread, you need the Tea & Kittens extension for Firefox or Chrome. You'll never inadvertently visit the Daily Mail site ever again!
posted by jontyjago at 10:59 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Peggy looks high as fuck.
posted by Brocktoon at 11:05 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Monkey Baby!
posted by chunking express at 11:07 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


With just a little nudge from Photoshop, I could turn that third photo into a Hieronymus Bosch nightmare.
posted by sidereal at 11:11 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Can someone clue me in on the significance of "Peggy"? I get Anzac, but not Peggy.

I figure it's just because she looks like a Peggy.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:15 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Okay, normally wombat and 'cute' don't really go together...

Um, wombats are adorable: pic, pic, pic

Until you make them mad.

I once saw one of the zookeepers at the Australia zoo walking a wombat on a leash. I got to pet the little guy. Not as soft as I'd expected. Also, did you know that wombats defecate in the shape of cubes? (page title possibly NSFW)
posted by tempestuoso at 11:21 AM on August 3, 2012 [12 favorites]


Cute pics, but remember folks: every time you read a Daily Mail link a kitten somewhere gets drowned.
posted by MuffinMan at 11:53 AM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cute pics, but remember folks: every time you read a Daily Mail link a kitten somewhere gets drowned.

For those wishing to save countless kittens a very wet death, you can instead read the story where it was published previously (with the same pics), here. My disclaimer is that I know nothing about the politics of news.com.au; you may be saving kittens at the expense of puppies or baby seals.
posted by tempestuoso at 2:36 PM on August 3, 2012


News.com.au? Baby harp seals, tempestuoso.
posted by Jimbob at 2:52 PM on August 3, 2012


I bet Peggy will be able to keep up with Anzac. Wombats move with surprising speed and agility when they want to - a sprinting Wombat is bloody fast!

I got to hold a baby wombat when I was a kid (SO CUTE!!! It was old enough to be both tiny and furry!). I walked past the vet's office in a country town one day and the vet was just sitting outside feeding the baby wombat. When I held it, it gave me one impressive scratch on my arm that I kept drawing over with biro as it healed in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have a wombat scratch tattoo... for the memories y'know.
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 3:58 PM on August 3, 2012


I did not know that a wombat's poop was square.

Metafilter is a continual source of fascinating information.

And squeeeeee.

Wombat. Woooom__bat. Wombaaaat. Wombat!!!!

Say it long enough and it sounds like you're playing a didgeridoo.
posted by BlueHorse at 4:48 PM on August 3, 2012


Little wombat running gif.
posted by Morrigan at 5:04 PM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wombat is pretty clearly Curley from the Three Stooges

Looked like Winston Churchill to me.
posted by Cocodrillo at 5:56 PM on August 3, 2012


Many people aren't aware that Winston Churchill played Curly in the Three Stooges. THE MORE YOU KNOW.
posted by davidjmcgee at 6:14 PM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti had a pet wombat. He was pretty wombat-obsessed, actually. But reading this makes me think he might have been a well-suited-for-Metafilter beanplate overthinker.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 6:40 PM on August 3, 2012


Okay, normally wombat and 'cute' don't really go together...

OH YES THEY DO.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:30 PM on August 3, 2012


Whoa! Sorry. Having acute Wind in the Willows flashbacks here. I wonder if Mr Wombat and Mr Roo would enjoy messing about with boats?
posted by SPrintF at 7:43 PM on August 3, 2012


griphus said: "You know who else liked cuddling with a wombat?

That's right, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle
"

Also Yo-Yo Ma (OK maybe not really cuddling but close enough for me)
posted by librarina at 7:58 PM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think that they will stay friends. Sometimes Anzac will slow down for Peggy, and sometimes Peggy will hurry up for Anzac- cuz that's what friends do.
posted by windykites at 8:05 PM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


Believe it or not, National Geographic has a whole show called UNLIKELY ANIMAL FRIENDS, which I only know because I saw a presentation about it today and they handed out screeners. So I have several episodes, which I am waiting to watch until my next really bad day. The clip reel had a cat and an owl playing together.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 10:41 PM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


Incidentally: wombats are one of my dear's favorite animals, and now that I have already spoiled the secret to him, I can share this: I'm making him a wombat cake for his birthday in a couple of weeks.
http://www.wombania.com/wombat-day-cake.htm

I'm so excited. I'm going to make a German chocolate cake, so the frosting will hopefully look a little furry :]
posted by fiercecupcake at 3:49 PM on August 4, 2012


Many people aren't aware that Winston Churchill played Curly in the Three Stooges. THE MORE YOU KNOW.

I am incredibly tempted to start an alt-history tumble full of "proof" arguing this point.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:13 PM on August 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


kangaroo and lemur play tag
posted by homunculus at 9:13 AM on August 9, 2012


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