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2017-09-13 08:02:58 PM  
I did some checking and found that the Patron Saint of Australia is Frances Xavier. I think there is more than  one of these. Perhaps it is the same Frances Xavier who was a missionary in China, which makes sense because China owns Australia, right? Close enough.

I don't think individual species of animals have Patron Saints as a rule. But Saint of Frances of Assisi preached to the birds and is the general patron of animals and of kindness and humane treatment of animals.

This was the answer to a very similar question, namely who is the patron saint of koala bears.

Saint Francis, again.

Here is a quotation:

Francis saw animals as his brothers and sisters because they were God's creatures, just like people. He said of animals: "Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them wherever they require it." So Francis prayed that God would work through him to help animals as well as people.


St Francis (who is named for the country, France, which his Father admired) is also known for ministering especially to the poor and defenceless. He was a soldier by profession or trade. Saint Francis had a sister who also became a Saint. Sainting runs in some families. I have innumerable saintly relations, most of them really, really, really distant. Mind you, I also have collected a lot of clergymen and even a few Popes. Big family tree.

Another Patron Saint who specializes in the poor is Saint Martin of Tours (there is another Saint Martin).

He is not only the patron of the poor but also horses, so some species do have their own Patron Saint, I guess.
2017-09-13 08:25:11 PM  
2017-09-13 08:26:02 PM  
St. Francis

/Lighten up
2017-09-13 08:29:18 PM  
If you bury a wombat upside down outside your home, you'll sell your house for asking price.
2017-09-13 08:40:37 PM  
This is amusing to me, because I took my 2 year old camping over the weekend in Wisconsin, and he woke me up at 5 in the morning going "Daddy, there's a wombat outside"
2017-09-13 09:04:46 PM  
Wisconsin is a long way from Australia. Perhaps he was lucky enough to see the fabled flying horned wombat on its migration?

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2017-09-13 09:12:10 PM  
Don't know about patron saint of wombats, but wombats were something of a patron for Datatrieve, a DEC database query and retrieval tool for the PDP-11.  (Yeah, you have to be old to remember this.)

A DTR help command would provide helpful information about wombats, including this item, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti had a wombat who slept (during the day) in an epergne on the dining room table. He (the wombat) reappeared as a dormouse in Rev. Dodgson's book."

According to the article linked above, "This help text has been part of Datatrieve since the very first Datatrieve-11 V1.0 for PDP-11 (Although it did enter relatively late in the development cycle, i.e. according to Jim Starkey, who developed the software, it was added by his wife around 2 O'clock in the morning of the day the program was submitted to the SDC). Still at that time the Wombat was not yet listed as one of the "regular" help topics. The Wombat was discovered by Chuck Watson, founder of the Datatrieve SIG. It became part of the product culture and so made the transitions to both the VAX and Alpha platforms."
2017-09-13 09:45:10 PM  
Same saint that covers all Australian matters:

St. Sheila, who promised her life to Jesus when the dingo stole her baby. In a rare personal contact, Jesus actually appeared to her and declined the offer.

By the way, her hagiography contains kind of a happy ending. The dingo actually raised her baby, who grew up to star in Crocodile Dundee.
2017-09-13 10:21:57 PM  
I went to the Steve Irwin zoo when I last visited Aussie, and their rule for the animals there is: most of them are free-roaming, except for the crazy dangerous things like snakes and crocs, and that insane looking bird-dinosaur, the Cassowary. But you could pet the 'roos and lizards were all over the show.

The Wombats were penned up, but were walked regularly on a leash, through the crowds. They aren't roaming free because they just have a single-minded purpose: look for more food. They're HUGE there in the zoo, and seemingly constantly hungry. A zoo worker walked one past me and it wouldn't pause for a moment, snuffling the ground, looking for food. I petted it once as it trundled by. They just seek out food.
2017-09-14 12:41:34 AM  
Exactly how many wombats do you have to diddle to be a patron?
2017-09-14 12:59:41 AM  
This is the weirdest Marriage Equality thread I've seen so far.
2017-09-14 01:02:14 AM  
St. Vincent Ferrer, the patron saint of brick makers.

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2017-09-14 01:18:43 AM  
Why do youse want that mate? Bloody wombat's not gunna root ya no matter how many saints ya bother.
Wombat spewed on me mate Shane once when he was out bush. He nearly crapped his dacks, took six tinnies of warm piss to get it off his footy jersey and it still stinks like a dried dingo's donga.
2017-09-14 01:27:40 AM  
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2017-09-14 02:44:06 AM  
I worked at a small start-up in the 1990s and one of the zany office antics we got up to was putting humorous labels on the bathrooms.

My second best set was "Bats" and "Wombats".

But it was my "Dangling Participles" and "Split Infinitives" that offended HR the fastest.
2017-09-14 03:54:08 AM  
Pic one at random.  Ought to work as well as anything else ;)
2017-09-14 03:55:01 AM  
Or PICK rather than pic.  Me no type well tonight.
2017-09-14 05:13:03 AM  
2017-09-14 07:07:41 AM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: I worked at a small start-up in the 1990s and one of the zany office antics we got up to was putting humorous labels on the bathrooms.

My second best set was "Bats" and "Wombats".

But it was my "Dangling Participles" and "Split Infinitives" that offended HR the fastest.

*applaudes* It's sad that HR clearly had no sense of humour.
2017-09-14 10:23:18 AM  
I just listened to an episode of the System Mastery podcast where they brought up the nature of wombat
poop, and this thread comes up on Fark.

This MEANS something!
2017-09-14 11:24:47 AM  
I don't know about a saint.

But I DO know that an akward pause when first meeting someone is nicely broken by the phrase: "So, you look like a woman/man who likes wombats."
2017-09-14 12:58:09 PM  
Ursula Vernon.

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