Beau, the echidna puggle
What’s an echidna puggle? Really freakin’ adorable, obviously. But what is an echidna, you may ask? Echidnas are monotremes, which are one of the three types of mammals, alongside marsupials (like koalas
and platypuses) and placentals (us!). Monotremes lay eggs, and their urinary, defecatory, and reproductive systems all converge on the same whole in their cloaca (hence the name monotreme, meaning ‘single opening’). This echidna puggle is named Beau, and he was rescued by members of the Taronga Zoo in Australia. Be sure to check out the adorable video here and click through the image for more pictures.
After you finish squeeing and then read that and learn all about echidnas, may I just add this?
Anyone else see the resemblance?
1. the systematic study of demons or beliefs about demons.
2. belief in demons.
3. a group of persons or things regarded as evil or pernicious.
[Demons illus. by Louis Breton for the Dictionnaire Infernal, 1863 ed.]