The Irwin family continues to shepherd animal conservation efforts at the Australia Zoo that they call home. No, seriously. Bindi Irwin shares the Queensland digs with her husband Chandler Powell, their daughter Grace Warrior, Bindi’s mother Terri, and her brother Robert.
Her bio on the Zoo’s website states that she considers “every animal as part of her family” and she doesn’t think she could go a “single day without connecting with the animals around her.” At the end of the day, though, one animal has a particularly special place in her heart. They’re called echidnas. She recently posed with one for her Instagram page and it’s too cute not to share.
Bindi Irwin’s Daughter Encounters Her First Wild Echidna… Well, Sort Of
Bindi Irwin took to Instagram to share this adorable selfie with her 4.7 million followers. Check it out:
The caption identifies the spiky creature as an echidna, which is part of the monotreme classification. Irwin’s husband, Chandler Powell, left a comment on the photo, too. He says: “Grace’s first wild echidna! (Still counts if you’re asleep)”
If you’re like us and the words “echidna” and “monotreme” are new, we’ve got you covered. Echidnas are essentially quill-covered anteaters found in Australia and New Guinea. They evolved between 20 and 50 million years ago from creatures that look like the modern-day platypus.
The monotreme classification just means that they are one of three types of living mammals next to the other classifications of placentals and marsupials. Monotremes differ from other mammals because they lay eggs instead of experiencing live birth. They are similar in that they still feed their young with milk. The more you know!
Back in 2013, Bindi Irwin worked with ABC Me to host a game show for kids centered around animals. It saw three teams compete in both physical and mental challenges as they put their wildlife knowledge to the test. It featured a variety of quizzes like “Who’s Who In The Zoo” on the way to the grand finale: a giant obstacle course known as “The Dangerous Dash.”
One of the mini segments Bindi Irwin posted involves a deep dive into the echidna. In the video, she reiterates the fact that they’re her favorite animal “in the whole world.” She sits with one during its feeding while relaying other interesting facts about the creature.
While porcupines actually shoot out their spikes at enemies, Bindi says the echidnas simply puff themselves up to appear more intimidating to predators. The species also has a particularly interesting feature when it comes to their long, sticky tongues. Apparently, they also lack teeth.
Check it out here: