A few weeks ago I was alone on a short bushwalk near where I live and I spotted something moving on the track ahead of me.
I’d seen an Echidna at the same spot a few years ago with my son, and he’d been startled by us and hid himself in an earth bank, but we were able to tip-toe up to him and touch his spiky back. It was cool.
This time, though was to turn out to be be even cooler.
What a cheeky dude!
Echidnas are monotremes, that means they are one of only two mammals which lay eggs (the other is the Platypus).
They might look scary, but are very shy and even touching their spikes does not hurt, unless you poke your snout into them like a Dingo.
I once watched two Dingoes try to eat an Echidna, but it rolled into a ball and just sat there while they tried to roll it over to get to its soft belly. After twenty minutes they gave up and walked away because the spikes made it painful to approach with their snouts. Needless to say, the Echidna survived and just dawdled off after a while.