Featured Animal: Short-beaked Echidna

Meet our featured animal, the short-beaked echidna (e-KID-nuh)!

short-beaked echidna

Here are five fun facts about short-beaked echidnas:

  • Echidnas are monotremes, or mammals that lay eggs.
  • Similar to reptiles, echidnas’ legs protrude outwards and then downwards, resulting in a waddling effect when they walk.
  • The echidna has a pointy snout that can sense electrical signals from insect bodies.
  • Echidnas do not have teeth, but they do have horny pads in their mouths and on the back of their tongues which grind the prey.
  • Baby echidnas are called puggles!

Learn more about short-beaked echidnas >

Saving More Victims of the Australian Bushfires

Jilly, eastern grey kangaroo at Healesville Sanctuary

The Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia is continuing to help thousands of wildlife survivors from the bushfires that ravaged the area last month.  They have rescued and treated lyrebirds, echidnas, koalas, and kangaroos for severe burns.

Jilly, a baby eastern grey kangaroo pictured above, was treated for burns to her feet, paws and tail. She also suffered severe dehydration and weight loss after losing her mother to the fires, so the Healesville staff has taken to bottle feeding her.

Before they can release the animals back into the wild, they’ll need to assess the suitability of the habitat as much of the land is completely scorched.

For more info: Reuters