Nose-rings are not for echidnas!

Parks Australia

This couldn't have been very comfy for the poor little thing! This couldn’t have been very comfy for the poor little thing!

echidna2 The vet staff took great care of the unusual patient

echinda3 The cartilage was not damaged so the echidna can continue gobbling ants with ease

A lucky echidna is recovering after a rather unusual visit to the vet, to have a ring pull removed from its snout. We had received a few calls alerting us that the animal was wandering the gardens with the ring, from a soft drink can, stuck on its nose – but they were all after the event and we never found the creature. After a few disappointments staff were on the lookout, and promised that next time anyone saw it they would call the rangers straight away.

I got the call just as I was due to drive the Governor-General’s wife, Lady Cosgrove, out of the Gardens after an official opening. Our Director of National Parks Sally…

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A Puggle Is Born at the Australia Zoo


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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