An Unexpected Find

On the road to Lake St Claire, Tasmania we found this little guy.

We were barreling down the highway when my friend Scott yelled “stop the car!” We did, and walked back along the side of the road where I got to meet my very first (and only) wild echidna! To this day, I honestly have no idea how Scott managed to spot him from the car.

echidna Tasmania Australia
What a cutie!

For those of you who don’t know, echidnas are members of the very exclusive monotreme club: an eccentric subclass of mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to their babies. The only other member still around today is the duck billed platypus and both of these cool little weirdos can be found in Tasmania. Ever since I was little I’ve loved these two creatures (I likely learned about them on Bill Nye) and while I had hoped to meet them both during my adventure¬†around the island I’ll settle for this one close encounter.

Today’s drive down memory lane was inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge by The Daily Post: The Road Taken