When asked to name Australia’s most dangerous native animals, crocodiles, venomous snakes and deadly spiders will spring to mind for most.
Yet one tradesman will have a surprise suggestion to throw into the hat after he was attacked by an angry wombat.
The marsupial took a stroll through the tradie’s Bathurst worksite earlier this week before picking a fight with the bemused victim.
Remarkable footage shows the wombat waddle towards the man before repeatedly charging at him.
The tradie is forced to flee as the marsupial sprints after him. At one point he is forced to leap over the top of the persistent wombat.
The tradie clearly doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry as he repeatedly tells the wombat to leave him alone.
He then grabs a ladder as protective barrier which seems to bamboozle the attacker who retreats into the shadows.
One last “piss off” from the tradie however riles up the wombat who charges one last time.
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Following the frantic attack, the worker turns the camera to his injuries, showing off a gash on his leg from the wombat’s teeth.
“Well, f*** me, I didn’t realise wombats had such big f****** teeth, hey. F*** me, through the pants. Look at the bastard,” he says.
The clip was uploaded to Youtube on July 30 and has since been viewed over 2000 times.
Volunteer organisation Wombat Rescue has spoken out over the clip suggesting the animal would not behave in such a manner if it wasn’t provoked.
“The sounds this wombat makes is when they are really angry. It is defending its territory or it is afraid. What did the man do to the wombat?” the group asked on Facebook.
The organisation said such clips which fail to paint the full picture give an undeserved bad name to the marsupial.
It’s not the first time a wombat has stuck its nose in where its not wanted, with two sparring kangaroos interrupted by a scuttling wombat last month.