A HORRIFYINGLY BAD case of mange in a wombat has been spotted in Gordon, Canberra, over the weekend by concerned wildlife carers.
Yolandi Vermaak, who operates Wombat Rescue, was notified about the sick-looking wombat joey by Sophie Boyson, a Gordon local who was familiar with her work.
The wombat was suffering from an advanced case of mange, a disease where mites eat away at the wombat’s skin causing uncontrollable itching.
“Wombats sleep up to 16 hours a day or more, but being so itchy they don’t sleep,” Yolandi says. “Sleep deprivation is terrible.”