This is my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt of 10 July 2018 — Dart.
The short-beaked echidna must be one of the cutest animals you are ever likely to encounter if you visit Australia.
It is a monotreme. Montremes are mammals that lay eggs, yet suckle their young. There are only two mammals that lay eggs – the echidna and the platypus. Echidnas are rather small, at only 30 to 40cm long and weighing 2-5 kilograms. Their body is covered with spines about 5cm long. Echidnas also have fur growing between the spines.
The echidna is very slow and unfortunately has a habit of crossing roads and getting squished. So keep an eye out for them if you happen to be driving on country roads in Australia, and slow down if you can’t clearly see what is ahead of you.
Here is a video clip for the littlies out there. It features the echidna and the numbat. The numbats actually steal the scene, but no matter.
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