|Echidnas at the Melbourne Zoo|
Last week I made my first visit to the Melbourne zoo. It has recently been renovated so that most of the animals are now in natural enclosures. I am particularly interested in the native species and enjoyed watching a group of echidnas (creatures that look a bit like porcupines with long noses) scurry around their enclosure. Apparently, when they are alarmed, they curl up into spiny balls, an effective defense against most predators. Echidnas (also known as spiny anteaters) are the only other egg laying mammal besides the platypus.
|Echidna foot, designed for digging|
|Wombat, Melbourne Zoo|
Healesville Animal Sanctuary
|Dingo taking a walk, Healesville Animal Sanctuary|