The dogs found this little creature very interesting, all be it a little prickly!! For those living outside of Australia, this is our version of an Ant eater. It is called an Echidna. When frightened or threatened, they dig themselves into the ground and let the spines protect them. I have tried to dig one out, but they really do get a strong grip on Terra Firma. Unlike a porcupine however, there spines don't embed themselves into their predators, it merely makes it next to impossible to penetrate. A very cute and gentle creature and yet another of the many unusual animals we have here in Australia.