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.”

Read the sad story at https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2019/05/it-broke-my-heart-mange-infected-wombat-joey-reveals-impact-of-mange/