- A baby Echidna escaped with his life after being attacked by two birds and then falling over a dozen feet on the roof of a house in Australia.
- The tiny mammal has been brought to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney for care.
- Echidnas are one of only two egg-laying mammals.
Imagine if you were so small that you could fit in the palm of a human hand. Now imagine that you are so young that you cannot defend yourself against possible threats. Now imagine two birds of prey trying to kill and eat you. You probably won’t make it out of this scenario alive, but an incredibly happy baby echidna – also known as a spiny anteater – faced all of these hurdles and lived to tell the story.
Not only that, the tiny mammal survived a 13-foot fall from a tree after being ripped off by a bird. A fight between a raven and a magpie over who could eat the little guy gave him enough time to escape and he fell on the balcony of a house in Sydney, Australia. The homeowners recovered the baby Echidna and it is now in the care of the Taronga Zoo.
Poor little puggle (what they apparently call baby echidnas, and that’s adorable) did not escape the ordeal unscathed. It supposedly had scratches and peck marks on its body and was a little chipped from the 13-foot fall. But the tiny mammal did it and “put on weight and started developing fur,” according to a report from Reuters quoted Taronga Zoo Senior Keeper Sarah Male.
“He was lost to his mother and the story is that some people just sat on their balcony on a fine afternoon and heard that bang and looked down and saw this little guy on the balcony,” Male told reporters. “And they looked into the tree and saw a raven and a magpie there.”
It’s still very young, but at some point the echidna will grow spines that will help adults avoid predation in some cases. With its pointy snout, it will be an expert and nurse tiny insects to eat. According to the Taronga Zoo, they plan to keep her until she is old enough to feed itself and has a back full of spines. The zoo has apparently not decided whether to keep the animal for the long term or to release it back into the wild at some point.
So, if you think you had a bad day – and let’s face it, a lot of us have felt this way lately – just remember that at least you weren’t nearly eaten before your 13 feet out on the balcony of a house.
Mike Wehner has covered technology and video games for the past decade, covering the latest news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones and future technology. Mike most recently served as Tech Editor for The Daily Dot and has been featured on USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and printing companies. His love of reporting is second only to his gambling addiction.
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