Western long-beaked echidna
When thinking of an egg laying mammal, the species that emerges quite often in our thoughts, is the platypus, but the four categories of echidna can also allege membership in this extraordinary class of animals.
This remarkable animal inhabits a limited area of Papua, Indonesia. They are nocturnal animals and employ the nights by consuming earthworms, which they eat with a small mouth at the tip of their snout, by means of a long tongue. The days are used for sleeping.
Somehow, the egg is encased directly into a pouch (that disappears when dormant) where it hatches and the baby lives for several months, drinking their mother’s milk, before venturing out into the world.
These animals are on the verge of extinction due to one reason–human beings. Though they live to the age of 30, many never see this age due to hunting (they are a delicacy) and the loss of habitat in the wild.
There’s new laws in effect that ban hunting, especially those hunters that employ dogs to search out these helpless victims, though poachers consistently violate mandates and may continue their evil deeds until the destruction of the species.
These are such unique animals–one of the few mammals that lay eggs, possess porcupine quills, have kangaroo pouches, use the tongue and powerful claws of an aardvark and the ability to roll up in a ball, when threatened, similar to an armadillo.
They have existed for millions of years, unaltered, yet we may decimate their existence in a negligible fragment of time.
They deserve our respect and our support.
Please discover ideas to help these animals. Write, write, write to the rich, famous, political and anyone you may perceive that may aide the continuous survival of the echidnaon on this earth.
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