Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 30th, 2008
Did someone in New Zealand get wind of the “Molester Blames Bigfoot” story of last week, and decide to float the following about? Humm, I guess I could have posted this on my “copycat effect” blog.
But it seems more likely that it is another one for the “humans-are-weird-animals” file.
BTW, there are three kinds of wombats: The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the naked nosed wombat or the forest wombat; the southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons); and the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii). The kind of wombat in this story was not defined.
I share it here with all due respect for my friends in New Zealand and Australia, and other people with a sense of humor as we approach April Fool’s Day.
A New Zealand man has been sentenced to community service after telling police he had been raped by a wombat and the experience had caused him to start speaking “Australian.”
Arthur Cradock, a 48-year-old orchard worker from Motueka on South Island, rang police on February 11 to say he was being raped by the slow-moving Australian marsupial at his home, The Nelson Mail reported.
He rang back soon afterwards to say he was withdrawing his complaint against the wombat, a court was told.
“Apart from speaking Australian now, I’m pretty all right you know,” he told police in the second call.
Cradock pleaded guilty to using a phone for a fictitious purpose and was sentenced to 75 hours community work.
Prosecutors said alcohol played a large part in Cradock’s life, although his defence lawyer said he was not drunk on the afternoon of the phone calls. “Man sentenced over wombat rape claim,” Australian Broadcasting Network, 28 March 2008.
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