Tuesday, 18 August 2009

ABC Wednesday - The Letter E



E is for Echidna




Apparently their young are called "puggles" - how sweet!

I took this photograph at Cleland Park in South Australia but I was fortunate enough one evening, on a walk with my son in Kuitpo Forest to see one in the wild. My son had heard a noise and motioned to me to stay quiet but to follow him and there it was, trundling along through the undergrowth, oblivious of our presence. We left him to it. more details about echidnas here,

I always feel privileged when I see animals in their natural habitat and was thrilled, though slightly irritated with myself as it was one of the few occasions that I hadn't bothered to carry my camera!

For more letter E subjects - click here.

19 comments:

Mara said...

Someone drew that animal and decided to make a proper version of it! What a strange creature!

ps: word verification: emblesse!

Carol said...

I have not heard of this animal, but I think he's an unusual looking fellow. I went to the link and read about them...so interesting...

Linda Jacobs said...

Puggles! Love it!

Jay said...

Oh, yeah, you will always spot something interesting when you don't have your camera with you!

Sweet little creature! I've never seen one.

April said...

Wonderful "E" choice and interesting information about the Echidna. The babies or "puggles" must be very cute.

Hildred and Charles said...

What a little sweetie, and nice that you got to see him, even if you didn't have your camera.

Tumblewords: said...

Funny little thing, isn't it? Looks like a combination of several others.

photowannabe said...

Fascinating and the name for the young is priceless. I learnded another new thing today. Thank you.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Mara - yes, that is just what it looks like.

Carol - pleased you found it interesting.

Linda - isn't it sweet.

Jay - I was thrilled to see it out in the forest, "doing its own thing".

April - I would love to see a baby one - imagine they must be cute.

Hildred and Charles - it was just lucky that my son heard the movement in the forest.

Tumblewords - it does, doesn't it!

photowannabe - good to learn something every day!

I forgot to mention in my post that its walk is very cute also, a sort of rolling shuffle. It matches the cute look- if you see what I mean. A

Grace and Bradley said...

You are privileged that to live in a place that you can still see this lovely creature in the wild. Thanks for sharing.

Roger Owen Green said...

I always thought looked like a pineapple. I'd heard of them but couldn't have put a picture to the name...

Squirrel said...

That is so cool. I have never heard of such an animal.

Cezar and Léia said...

How sweet dear Anne! I loved this little friend!Very special indeed!
Léia

Joy said...

Those quills look quite tough, never heard of these before but they sound fascinating animals.

Lin said...

I've never seen one of these guys before! Great pick for the letter E!

Pam said...

Puggles - what an adorable name. He looks like a beefed-up hedgehog!

Grumpy Old Ken said...

I had to look twice, couldn't remember if you lived in aussi. Think I'm losing it!

Always smiling said...

Hi Ann

You won my PIF so can you send your address and expect some thing made by me within the next 12 months..

Hugs Chris x
Ps It doesn't have to be cross stitch.

Ladybird World Mother said...

What a sweetie... I think there is a law somewhere that states that interesting things will happen to photograph when you are cameraless. Maddening...xxx