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A Short Walk In The Grampians #18

We meet a most unusual item of local wildlife...the amazing Echidna.

 

It is a rare thing...an egg-laying mammal. [The other such animal on Earth is the Australian Platypus, which lives in the water]. Here is a good information site on the Echidna... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna

 

I am delighted to find one of these shy animals to show Na and Mawin. It has followed its instinctive defensive behaviour by quickly digging a shallow hole into which it has jambed its legs, tummy and head, and would be quite difficult to dislodge in order to show you anything but its magnificently spiked back.

 

Most Australians would never have seen an Echidna in the wild.

A Short Walk In The Grampians #18

We meet a most unusual item of local wildlife...the amazing Echidna.

 

It is a rare thing...an egg-laying mammal. [The other such animal on Earth is the Australian Platypus, which lives in the water]. Here is a good information site on the Echidna... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna

 

I am delighted to find one of these shy animals to show Na and Mawin. It has followed its instinctive defensive behaviour by quickly digging a shallow hole into which it has jambed its legs, tummy and head, and would be quite difficult to dislodge in order to show you anything but its magnificently spiked back.

 

Most Australians would never have seen an Echidna in the wild.

comments (15)

i had heard of the platypus but not of this creature. so Na, Mawin and us on SC are quite fortunate, i think.
Ray: Needless to say, Ayush, I was delighted that we found one for Na and Mawin to see.
Wow! That must have been so exciting!!! He's a remarkable little critter isn't he!
Ray: I was tickled pink to find it, Elizabeth...a unique and wonderful critter.
Il était bien caché.
Ray: C'est la stratégie de défense d'Echidna en action, Martine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Nov 2017, 06:20
How fortunate you were to find this, Ray. It must have made your day
Ray: Our day was already made, Lisl, so this bonus was very much the icing on a very decent fruitcake.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 Nov 2017, 06:32
Blimey this is amazing!

I don't think I've ever heard of or seen these things before
Ray: One of Australia's unique and wonderful critters, Chris.
Curieue cette petite bête ..mais avec ces ces pics sur le dos elle ne doit pas se laisser facilement attraper !

Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Ses défenses sont intelligentes et efficaces, Claudine ... elle n'a aucune tactique de combat du tout, mais elle a toujours du succès.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Nov 2017, 07:49
I have never even heard of an echidna, while a platypus is a well known character to me. So thanks for sharing the amazing find.
Ray: Itwas a wonderful climax to a most enjoyable walk, Louis.
I have heard of them but to actually see one must have been quite something. I seem to recall reading that when early explorers sent back drawings of the Platypus to blighty scientists here thought it was a joke!
Ray: Yes...the original platypus specimen sent to England was regarded as a scientific hoax.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2017, 08:14
A very lucky find for you. I've not heard of the before. No doubt each spike contain enough venom to destroy the residents of New York.
Ray: I have seen them in the wild quite a few times, Alan, but it was great to find one for Na and Mawin to see. The spines don't contain any venom, but they certainly look excruciating.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Nov 2017, 08:24
Well I did not see one of these so they must be shy.
Ray: They are very shy, Chad, so please don't feel they were ignoring you personally.
New one on me, Ray...Thanks.
Ray: Wonderful critters, Frank.
What a great find and how lucky you were.
Ray: Yup! That was tops!
I've heard of these and seen them in TV documentaries, what a great find.
Ray: It was a wonderful bonus at the end of a brilliant walk, Brian.
Quite amazing how they have evolved to this level of self defence
Ray: Almost everything about them is an Evolutionist's nightmare, Martin...yet they are a successful species.
You certainly got lucky there!
Ray: It was a totally unexpected sighting, Tom, which is normal for these shy, solitary critters, and so I was delighted that Na and Mawin got to see an Echidna in the wild.

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