Though humans are the largest threat to wombat populations around Australia as the marsupials are being killed on roads, due to habitat clearing, illegal hunting and culling on private properties, a devastating health condition is also impacting the species’ future.

Surprisingly, not a whole lot of research has been conducted about the species due to their being a shy and elusive nocturnal animal that is difficult for researchers to study but one thing that is clear is that for wombats that contract Sarcoptic Mange, a common condition among wombats, the prognosis is dire.

Wombat mange causes immense suffering for animals that contract the mite infestation as a skin infection and thick scabs over the animal’s body come in conjunction with a host of health problems that result in the wombat’s health rapidly declining, resulting in death.

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