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!