Yes, there was great excitement in the family this evening as Eldest discovered an echidna waddling into our shed. It must have wandered in from down near the creek, though why it chose to come so close to the house we're not sure. It certainly didn't want to be moved, burying itself madly when P tried to move it. But we couldn't leave it there. The car, the ute and the truck are all parked in that shed and we didn't fancy backing out over such a beautiful example of Australia's wierd and wonderful wildlife. Eventually, heavily gauntleted, P managed to get him out and put him down on the track near the long grass so that he could go home, wherever that is. He was a little reluctant to go with such a rapt audience to entertain, but he did toddle off at last.
It's only the second echidna I've seen in these parts since I came here twenty years ago, so it really was quite an event. Even one of the cats came to see what all the fuss was about. Fortunately she had the sense not to get too close.