A Puggle Is Born at the Australia Zoo


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Meet the echidna: it feasts on ants, has a four-headed penis, and is infested with some of the largest fleas on earth. In other words, not exactly the ideal house pet. The primitive, egg-laying mammal – a close cousin of the duck-billed platypus – could easily rival the blobfish as the world’s ugliest animal, at least in its hairless newborn state pictured here.

The Australia Zoo in Queensland recently released this photo of its new puggle (as baby echidnas — also known as spiny anteaters — are called) about a month after the critter was born in August. According to the zoo, the little guy now weighs just under a third of a pound, “is growing steadily,” and is one of just 24 echidnas ever born in captivity.

Spiny anteaters only inhabit Australia and New Guinea, where they are actually fairly  common. But they’re unique in that they are one…

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Glass House Mountains Road Trip: Day 1 – 11 August 2013


Due to what was seemingly constant illness since November, I cancelled my planned trip to Uluru (Northern Territory, Australia) and brought forward my holidays in order to spend time getting well. From the moment I cancelled the trip I was healthy, until the very last day of work when I again fell ill and had to stay at home for the first week recovering. I then decided I should at least go on a road trip for a few days during the second week and do something useful with my annual leave.

So a very hastily planned road trip to the Glass House Mountains and Australia Zoo (Queensland) was thrown together in a matter of hours and when I couldn’t sleep I decided I might as well be up and off on it – that happened at 3am on the Sunday morning and I was away by 4am. At the end of the first day I was completely exhausted – however I had arrived in Beerburrum, with both Australia Zoo and the Glasshouse Mountains just down the road, which allowed a sleep in the next day with plenty of time for exploring as well.

Without getting too far ahead of myself though, I should cover the first day of the road trip, which did involve a lot of driving – which I think is an essential ingredient of any journey termed a ‘road trip.’ My road trip took me up the Pacific Highway, with a number of quick stops along the way (including Coffs Harbour, Macksville, Maclean, etc). The featured photo is of an old sugar cane barge in the Ferry Park, at Maclean in New South Wales. I took that shot while taking a pit stop at the Visitor Centre located in the Ferry Park. The journey north also included a drive through Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast, as well as Queensland’s capital – Brisbane.