A Puggle Is Born at the Australia Zoo

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Meet the echidna: it feasts on ants, has a four-headed penis, and is infested with some of the largest fleas on earth. In other words, not exactly the ideal house pet. The primitive, egg-laying mammal – a close cousin of the duck-billed platypus – could easily rival the blobfish as the world’s ugliest animal, at least in its hairless newborn state pictured here.

The Australia Zoo in Queensland recently released this photo of its new puggle (as baby echidnas — also known as spiny anteaters — are called) about a month after the critter was born in August. According to the zoo, the little guy now weighs just under a third of a pound, “is growing steadily,” and is one of just 24 echidnas ever born in captivity.

Spiny anteaters only inhabit Australia and New Guinea, where they are actually fairly  common. But they’re unique in that they are one…

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