Our lovely dog, Albert, alerted us to the fact that there was a very interesting visitor trying to get into the shadehouse, but unfortunately all I managed to get were a few rear end shots of this very special mammal called an Echidna. We haven't seen one of these on our property since we moved in over ten years ago now, so it was a real treat even if we didn't get to see the whole creature.
Yes, I know it looks like a Hedgehog, but we don't have those here in Australia. We do have the Short-beaked Echidna though, and it's not related to the Hedgehog at all.
Echidnas are a very special animal. Both the Echidna and the Platypus share the distinction of being the only remaining surviving 'monotremes' in the world. What's a 'monotreme', I hear you ask? Well, monotremes are a primitive link between the reptiles and the more advanced mammals. Montremes are mammals that lay eggs, instead of giving birth to live young.
Now getting back to the post title ... If the real definition of 'bummed out' is "feeling depressed and sad about an issue", then this little creature fits the bill.
Our dog had a busy day yesterday. Albert had this lovely little Ring-tailed possum cornered under the end of the verandah roof. The poor possum was sitting there, looking very morose, for half the day yesterday.
We tied up the dog, but he kept on barking every now and then, and the possum would be startled into inactivity every time. It took hours and hours before the little poss eventually risked escape. It managed to crawl along a stick I had jammed into the corner, and up onto the roof ... I'm sure I heard a little high-pitched scream of "Freedom" as the sun set in the west.
I'm joining Mary for her Mosaic Monday meme.