Today is Australia Day! So, in celebration here's one of our most important Australian objects, a stuffed specimen of the Common wombat. This peculiar looking creature left Australia in 1798, and was the first to reach the British Isles. It was stuffed stood up like a squirrel by a taxidermist who had never seen the animal alive, and assumed the rough skin on it's back legs meant it sat upright. You can see the wombat on display in our Explore Gallery.
11:26am 26 Jan 2015