Family that raised wombats for TV series A Country Practice is left with horrific injuries after one of the animals attacked them
- GRAPHIC WARNING: Older wombat breeder is cruelly attacked by a wild animal
- The 78-year-old was shocked when a wild woman invaded her property
- It gnawed at the legs of three family members before someone killed it with an ax
- Mrs. Ambrose’s daughter Kim fell and broke her ankle again to protect her mother
A family that raised wombats for a TV series sustained horrific injuries after being violently attacked by one of the animals.
The animal lovers were even forced to kill the wombat with an ax after the attack, leaving them ‘devastated’.
Jeanette Ambrose, 78, devoted much of the 1980s to raising wombats to play the role of Fatso, the beloved wombat in the Australian soap opera A Country Practice.
But she soon discovered that a wild wombat had entered her own nature reserve near Dubbo, northwest New South Wales in May.
While Ms. Ambrose initially assumed that the wombat was used to humans and escaped from a fence – because wild wombats don’t visit the area often – the older woman was shocked when he attacked her.
Mrs. Ambrose, 78, grew wombats to play Fatso for the Australian soap A Country Practice (photo, Fatso with actor Grant Dowell, who played Simon Bowen)
She rushed to protect her 11-year-old granddaughter Nazarena, who was behind her at the time.
“He bent me over and I yelled at her to stay away and call for help and this wombat was just starting to stab in my leg,” Mrs. Ambrose told the Daily telegram.
Jeanette Ambrose (photo) was brutally attacked by a wild wombat in Dubbo
She tried to push it away, but the strong animal kept gnawing in her skin.
Her daughter Kim, who was on crutches with a broken ankle, limped 50 yards from a nearby cabin.
She tried to protect her mother, but the angry wombat turned – she bit so deeply that she was afraid he would hit an artery.
“He pushed me over and sat on the back of my legs. Every bite was unbearable. ‘
She said the bites were so deep “I was afraid I was going to die.”
Kim’s daughter Gemma tried to intervene, but was also at the mercy of Wombat’s anger.
“If he had come to our faces, he would have bit our noses off. He wouldn’t stop, “said Mrs. Ambrose.
Mrs. Ambrose’s leg (pictured after the May attack) after being torn apart by a wild wombat in her wildlife sanctuary
Her daughter Kim was also attacked on the legs and hand (photo). Kim also broke her ankle again during the attack
Kim managed to grab a kick to chase the wombat away, but fell and broke her ankle again.
Gemma’s husband Khodr arrived with a neighbor and tried to stop the relentless attacks.
Their efforts were useless, and the pair were forced to kill the wombat with an ax.
Although harming a native animal is illegal, a spokeswoman for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service told the publication that it will not investigate the event.
She said that wombat attacks are extremely rare because the animals are shy and usually try to avoid humans.
The spokeswoman also reminded residents to keep a safe distance from wildlife to avoid negative behaviors.