A new baby is ready for her close-up, just watch out for those spikes.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is sharing images of Sydney the puggle. A puggle is a baby echidna, an Australian relative of the platypus. They are sometimes called a spiny anteater.
Echidna’s are one of only five species of mammals who lay eggs. Sydney started in a grape-sized, leathery egg that was carried in her mom’s pouch for ten days. Once hatched, a jelly bean-sized Sydney stayed in mom’s pouch nursing milk for awhile, before climbing out and staying close to the den.
Those hollow spines start poking through at roughly 53 days old. The spines are a camouflage in the wild. Echidnas are found natively throughout New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania, in a wide range of habitats from snow-covered mountains to deserts.
Many spikes, much cuteness. Meet Sydney, our echidna puggle! Read all about its unique journey at https://t.co/pHH8WD7OK3 pic.twitter.com/HhkIX172NW
— Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (@BuschGardens) July 27, 2020
At about seven months old, Sydney is now ready to venture out of the den and be seen by visitors.