So anyway, apparently there was once a type of wombat the size of a hippopotamus. Which is good news, surely. It was called the diprotodon (though it didn't know that at the time) and it lived in Australia, (though it didn't know that either), during the Pleistocene era (though it didn't… you get the idea).
Unlike more elusive Australian fauna, such as the Bunyip and the Dropbear, we have actual fossil records of the diprotodon, and so we know what it looked like - at least on the inside. As with dinosaurs, artists providing impressions of what it looked like on the outside differ about things like type and colour of coat, shape of nose, etc. But on one thing every artist who's ever drawn a diprotodon agrees. It was massively pissed off.
|'Oh yeah? You got a remark to make about the nose? Then let's hear it, wise guy. Give it your best shot.'|
|'I swear, if that's those kids next door fooling around again, I'll...'|
|'Why did she leave me? Why? Is it because I'm a giant wombat? But SHE'S a giant wombat! We're ALL giant wombats!'|
Well, ok. Maybe not EVERY artist...
|'Guys! So glad you could make it! Come through! Coats on the left, drinks on the right...'|
(NB. I do not have the rights to any of these illustrations. I'm very happy to credit or remove them on request.)