“This Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) was seen at Woolamai, Phillip Island, Australia. It was using its sensitive Pinocchio-like nose (snout) to dig the sandy ground in search of food. Oblivious to passers-by, it probed the soft sandy ground for at least 20 minutes before lumbering to another area with a little more plant cover. The video clip below was documented in 2015.
“Also known as spiny anteater, it is covered with fur and spines. It burrows into the ground using the sharp claws of its front limbs to look for insects. When threatened, it curls up into a ball, protected by its sharp spines.
“The echidna is an egg-laying mammal.”
Teo Lee Wei & K
26th January 2019