Watch out Ellie, leave the sleeping echidna alone!
Yesterday morning, while looking for a missing calf, my husband came across this echidna who was breakfasting on ants at the time. The echidna was digging the ground with its front claws, sending ants streaming from their nest. The ants were all over its nose and it was licking them up.
In the afternoon we went back together to see if we could find the echidna again. We found him or her nearby, curled up and fast asleep. Its spines were slowly moving in and out with each breath. I’m sure it was dreaming! The pattern of its breathing became irregular every now and then, just like Ellie’s does when she dreams her doggie dreams. We sat down for a while and just watched it sleeping.
When we came back a little while later, after watching a goanna climb a tree not far away, the echidna was awake and just heading off.
We settled down to watch it again but when Ellie approached, it rolled into its defensive position. So we called the dog away and left the echidna in peace.
I found the missing calf later in the afternoon. She’d gone through the fence and was in a different paddock to her mum. Neither were concerned, she was only missing to us. Her mum knew where she was and the calf pushed its own way back through the fence at the end of the day.
By the way, here’s that goanna.