With warming weather, many animals have been making an appearance.
One of these is the Echidna.
This egg laying marsupial mammal is classed as a monotreme, the other is the Platypus.
Both are only found in Australia.
The offspring, usually one, is called a "Puggle" and it is carried in its mothers pouch until too spikey. When this happens the mother will dig a shallow hole, place the youngster in it, and return every few days to supply milk.
They can live up to 45 years eating termites and ants.
I saw many of these creatures while in Victoria recently, ranging all the way to Bermagui where I live.
Take care if you are driving through wild habitats at the moment, as Echidna seem to be out in great numbers, along with a variety of reptiles and kangaroos.
Your local area will have wildlife protection organisations that rescue injured animals and it makes sense to program this number into your mobile.