My husband brought home a special little something yesterday. He thought the kids might enjoy it. He was right.
He was the star of the Granite Glen lawn for a good hour or so.
We decided it was the same echidna I photographed hurdling logs here. It’s very hard to tell really – I hate to be politically incorrect, but all echidnas look the same to me.
Before you all give me a lecture, yes I am aware that echidnas are different from hedgehogs which are different from porcupines. But did you know they are also called spiny ant eaters? (Hello Google … and also, how confusing – God was joking on a number of continents apparently!)
Ernie (as he was soon christened) was a bit of a character.
We couldn’t decide if he was :
A) quite bold for an echidna (who are known for curling into prickly balls at the slightest provocation)
B) Very OLD and therefore couldn’t be BOTHERED rolling into a ball (possibly ruling him out as our Bush Olympic Hurdler),
C) Injured and therefore incapable of rolling into a ball (possibly pulling a hammy attempting the Olympic Record for the Hedgehog High Jump).
He did seem to have a bit of a cold – blowing bubbles from his funny little snout. I am very proud that I caught him mid-bubble – it’s the weirdo paparazzi in me.
Which made me wonder: what do native animals use as tissues when they catch cold? These are the questions that occupy my mind…
Violet and Dash were very interested in our laid-back native monotremes (yes, of course I googled that too. What am I, a dictionary?)
Someone else was lurking nearby, pretending not to be at all interested in this prickly interloper…
Don’t even think about it Middy… I am SO not pulling spines from your curious little face, my dear!
Seeing as how we had no idea what to do with a bold/old/injured echidna, we offered him water.
As you do.
He checked it out, but refused to drink in front of us. I like to think he splashed around a little, spa-like, as soon as our backs were turned.
We will never know – he was gone when we came out this morning. And Middy’s paws were given the all-clear by forensic experts.
Over and Out from this Action-Packed Corner of the Globe. (I will try to tone down the pace of things next post, I promise).