Ever Seen an Echidna Without Its Spines?

It’s a weird sight for sure, but also a rare one. Part of the monotreme family, the echidna is famous for its spiky body, similar to porcupines and hedgehogs.

Vets at a RSPCA hospital in Wacol, southwest of Brisbane, were fascinated to receive a mother echidna with a baby in its pouch, as seen in this footage posted on February 15.

A baby echidna, also known as a “puggle,” stays in the pouch for about three months after hatching from an egg. Credit: RSPCA Queensland via Storyful