For those of you reading who aren't Aussie — let me introduce you to the echidna.
An echidna is a monotreme (one of only two species in the world), which means that they're a mammal that also lays eggs and suckle their young.
And baby echidnas are these adorable, little things called puggles! Currently, the Taronga Wildlife Hospital is looking after this short-beaked puggle, which was brought in after it was dropped from a tree by a bird of prey.
But, I just want to point out how cute it is?! I had no idea that puggles could obtain this level of squishyness.
At the moment, this little baby is receiving round-the-clock care from Senior Keeper, Sarah Male.
Sarah said, "Despite its ordeal, this little puggle is doing so well. Since arriving at the hospital, its lacerations have almost completely healed, it’s putting on weight and is also starting to grow a thin layer of fur, all of which are all promising signs."
“While the puggle is improving every day, it is still very young and in the wild would still be dependent on mum, so will require ongoing care for the next few months. I’ve hand-raised lots of animals throughout the years at Taronga but such a young echidna puggle is a new experience for me."
Well, here's to the young puggle — can't wait for you to grow into your spikes!
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