Echidnas have lots of ways to defend themselves. One lucky echidna even used her extra fat as padding when she was ʜɪᴛ by a car. Her hefty size helped her survive ᴜɴsᴄᴀᴛʜᴇᴅ.
Native to Australia, echidnas are part anteater, part platypus, and part porcupine. These endearingly odd creatures have long, sticky tongues that are perfect for pulling ants from anthills. They also use their long noses as crowbars to dig up grubs and worms.
The porky monotreme, called Eleanor, was ᴄʟɪᴘᴘᴇᴅ by a ᴄᴀʀ and taken to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Hobart, but because of her enormous size, she escaped with just minor ʙʀᴜɪsɪɴɢ. Staff at the sanctuary said the Echidnas was the biggest they’d ever seen and shared an adorable photo of her to Facebook.
‘This is quite possibly the fattest echidna we have ever seen,’ they wrote.
The oversized animal was photographed while sᴇᴅᴀᴛᴇᴅ and was lying lazily on a bench, seemingly showing up her tubby belly.
Many wildlife-lovers soon commented on the post with several joking the ᴄᴀʀ must have been ‘totaled’ from the ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ.
‘The ᴄᴀʀ however, was totaled. What a gorgeous wee chunky thing, I’m glad she’s okay,’ said one woman.
“Me after eating 36 Indian takeaways and watching two seasons on Netflix,’ a man said.
Another person claimed they found a fatter echidna and shared a video from their backyard of another tubby marsupial.
The sanctuary released her into the wild the next day.