If you’ve been following the bushfire crisis on social media and elsewhere, you may have seen reports of benevolent wombats herding other animals to shelter into their fire-proof burrows.
These stories went quickly viral – probably reflecting the appetite for good news after the horrors of the bushfire crisis. However, the accounts are not entirely accurate.
Wombats do not heroically round up helpless animals during a bushfire and lead them to safety.
But wombats do help other animals in a different way – even if it’s not their intention.