A close encounter

In an earlier post mentioned that echidnas are awkward little sods that will go out of their way to avoid being photographed. It was therefore all the more surprising that today, while driving through Gowrie Park on the way to Railton and Sheffield we encountered one that was not only happy to have his picture taken …

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… but also had a strange desire to stick his enormous snout up my trouser leg:

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Normally I’d be flattered that any wild animal trusted me sufficiently to approach in this way, but given that echidnas are notorious for the size of their fleas this was probably a mixed blessing.

[22 November]

Author: Platypus Man

"Platypus" is a red herring: I'm English, although my blogging career began in my record of a 2016 road trip to Tasmania. Other blogs followed covering road trips in Newfoundland (2017), the Yellowstone area of the USA (2018) and New Zealand (2019). My current project is "Now I'm 64" , a weekly blog covering UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of aging. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it's even quite well written!

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