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Delinquent Echidna Graffiti’s Co-op

Over recent months there have been more frequent sightings of Echidnas, particularly in the A track region. Many a stone retaining wall has been destroyed as they forage for ants.

What has been particularly eye-catching in the recent days is, in addition to the adult echidnas meanderings, is the appearance of a young echidna (barely beyond the puggle stage). "Puggles" has been seen by residents over the length of A track, and we have had to increase our vigilance while driving because this young ‘tacker’ has not yet developed any road sense. And even more interesting is its identifiable white bum; and how do you explain this distinctive characteristic?

Is it a genetic trait, or a feature of echidna development?

After some super-sleuthing from an observant Co-op member the answer turns out to be more prosaic.

More than likely "Puggles" had investigated this bucket of white paint and then proceeded to graffiti the bush! The residual white bum was its ‘smoking gun’.

John Roberts, Co-op Member.

This is the third in a series on living with wildlife.


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