Wednesday, 17 February 2010

ABC Wednesday - E

E is for Echidna




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

This post is from the archive. I took this photograph a couple of years ago 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! I am away from home this week and so I used my letter E from the last round and have scheduled it for posting.

ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs Denise Nesbitt and her team. For more letter E subjects - click here.

15 comments:

joo said...

It's so cute, I love this post Anne!
Have a great day:)

SquirrelQueen said...

It is wonderful to see animals in the wild. It is very cute, great shot.

Hope you are having a great week,
Judy

sunnymama said...

What a cute puggle! :)

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

It looks like a cross between an ant-eater and a hedgehog. It never fails to impress me just how many species there are on this planet.

Denise said...

What a thrill to come across such a wonderful little animal in its natural surroundings. Great post Anne. Enjoy your week. Denise x

Maggie May said...

I love little hedge hogs and wish I had a permanent resident. I had one come and stay one year but after a few days curled up under a leafy tree base, it disappeared.

Nuts in May

jabblog said...

'Puggles' - it's a title for a children's book. How luck to see an echidna in its natural habitat - makes it even more special somehow.

cheshire wife said...

He was happy to pose!

Jay said...

What a strange little creature! And how fortunate for you to see one in the wild! Great post for 'E'!

Von said...

Funny little chaps, we have one at least in residence but s/he is elusive.We see the evidence but no luck with the echidna itself.They live on ants, have plenty of those.As a result very strong claws, had one being transported dig through a poly box in one minute once.
Nice post, glad you had fun!!!
Kuitpo is up the back from where we live.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Puggles!! That is just adorable. Lovely post. Love things like this... and I just know that someone will ask something about this topic in the next few weeks... and I will KNOW!! xx

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks a lot for introducing this cute new friend!
Very informative post!
purrs and love
Luna and mommy Léia

Roger Owen Green said...

The Word verification is zoophede, which somehow seems appropriate.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - Ramblin' with Roger

Tumblewords: said...

Funny little things, aren't they? Great shot.

Gill - That British Woman said...

sort of looks like a hedgehog...

Gill in Canada