Australia has given the world much animal-related entertainment over the years (we love you, Steve Irwin), thanks to the fact that it's home to the deadliest snakes in the world, massive crocodiles, bull sharks and spiders the size of your face. Here's one my Brisbane-dwelling sister caught in her kitchen last month:
What we so often forget though is that Australia has an enormous collection of strange but spectacularly cute animals too. Koalas and kangaroos are famous enough that we're used to the fact that small, lazy tree-bears and giant, upright, hopping, be-pouched creatures exist. But there are a bunch of cuties that rarely get discussed outside of the Southern Hemisphere.
Take, for example, the echidna. Until the birth of two puggles (PUGGLES!) at Taronga Zoo last month, who knew these tiny squish-monsters existed?