Friendly Wombat Approaches Hikers, Uses Hiking Pole In A Rather Unconventional Fashion.

Wombat approaches hikers to get a little scratch.

When hiking in Australia, it pays to be aware of the local wildlife you may encounter. Home to some of the deadliest critters in the world, Australia can be a dangerous place for a novice hiker. Wombats are one of the creatures you may run into. While a baby wombat might appreciate a belly scratch, adult wombats can be dangerous.


Jess & Benny appear to be well-versed in the art of adventuring. They maintain an Instagram and a TikTok channel. Based on the number of wombat videos posted, we can guess they are familiar enough with the little critters to stay safe. That brings us to the unique encounter they shared. While hiking, a female hiker was approached by a tiny, wobbly wombat.

Friendly wombat approaches a hiker.
Image from TikTok.

Standing still to allow the wild animal to explore, you can hear ooohhhs and aaahhhhs in the background. Considering how cute this little guy is, we totally understand the gushing. The hiker permitted the wombat to approach without making any sudden moves. Imagine her surprise when the wombat used her hiking pole for a little scratch.

Using the hiker's poles, the little wombat gets a bit of a side scratch.
Image from TikTok.

After leaning against the pole to get a side scratch, the little wombat got down to the real business. Yes, the little fellow uses the hiking pole to scratch THAT itch. Minds out of the gutter!

Then the wily wombat uses the hiking pole for a much needed bum scratch.
Image from TikTok.

The wombat used the hiking pole to scratch his little bum! After taking care of his itch, the little guy wobbled off happily. What an amazing encounter! You can watch the whole scene unfold below.

Wombats Are Wild Animals Even When All They Want Is A Bum Scratch

While these hikers handled this situation perfectly, we should remind you to be safe around wild animals. You can learn interesting facts about wombats with a little research. Although many animals may seem friendly, please remember that they are still wild and respect their space. If you enjoyed this bum-scratching wombat adventure, please share it with your friends.

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