We often think of tortoises as being slow. Most of us have probably grown up with the story of the hair and the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race.
There are however a number of slow animals such as the Australian wombat.
These short-legged muscular marsupials are the closest relative to the koala. Their pouch faces backwards so they can dig a burrow without throwing dirt in their baby’s face.
As they are slow moving they are safest when they are in their burrow. They have a large solid plate in their backside which they use to crush predators to death on the roof of their burrow.
As an eight year old my Father first played me this book put to orchestral music. It was so emotive and sad I have never forgotten it.
In response to Paula’s prompt for Thursday’s Special