Monday, January 21, 2013

ECHIDNA

I have a passion for large animals and for that reason Australian animals do not feature strongly in my work as they are mostly small creatures but the Echidna is very special. Not only do I frequently see them hunting around the garden for ants but they are, along with the platypus, so unique in the animal world. Not only do they lay an egg that then hatches in a pouch, the young will suckle milk as it grows to maturity, the baby is known as a puggle. 
I had to be very quiet and sneak up on this one otherwise they drop to the ground and dig themselves in for protection if they feel threatened.


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