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handle with care

handle with care

The echidna or spiny anteater is a solitary and secretive Australian marsupial,
and being so rarely seen is always a pleasing discovery if encountered in the wild.
The pouch is unusual in being rear-facing, though that makes sense when you think about it.
Following birth the tiny "puggle" finds its way into the pouch,
but after growing there for about four weeks is expelled as spines start to develop ...
... can't blame the mother for that!

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Sheila03-Nov-2009 10:11
Great capture! I've only ever seen one in the wild, last year.
bill friedlander02-Nov-2009 22:00
Good shot of this prickly fellow. It would be difficult to see the eyes without the catchlights in them. V
Colin Storey02-Nov-2009 20:38
Great shot od this elusive creature, wonderful details about it also.
laine02-Nov-2009 19:02
Such a unique animal...we have only ever seen 2 here at our places, but then they are secretive therefore there is possibly more...great for keeping whiteant populations down :)
Great shot, Brian
pkocinski02-Nov-2009 15:01
Super capture of this "prickly" critter! You can actually see it's snout which looks like it's about to suck in something.
Ali Majdfar02-Nov-2009 13:23
Fantastic title and capture! ~V
CM Kwan02-Nov-2009 12:44
Very nice capture with great information, Brian! V
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