A Queensland woman has reportedly had to resort to sleeping tablets after a couple of frisky echidnas have been keeping her awake during mating season.
Yep. Two fornicating wildlife stories in two weeks. I guess this is my thing now. Just gonna own it.
Lynelle Urquhart has had some unwelcome visitors at her (usually) quiet outback property in Moonie, Queensland. The two echidnas apparently make a bit of a ruckus when they get frisky under her floorboards.
“I had to have a sleeping tablet last week, because of all the scratching around through the night,” she told ABC.
As a self-taught wildlife fornication expert, I can tell you that it is currently echidna mating season, which explains why Lynelle has found a number of sexed up echidnas around the place lately.
Echidnas also have four-headed penises, which could explain why they’re making such a ruckus in Lynelle’s house.
“In all my time here I’ve never ever seen this many echidnas at our home,” she said of the whooping SIX echidnas at her house. Not sure if Lynelle’s house or Bindi Irwin’s.
Apparently Lynelle has quite a cozy little home for the echidnas with damp soil and lots of room to dig, because “digging is what echidnas love to do.”
“Our house is pretty close to the ground, and echidna quills scrape on the floorboards, and when that’s under your bed at night it can keep you awake.” She said
Although she had to pop a sleeping tablet to sleep through the noise of the echidnas snacking up, Lynelle remains mostly unbothered by the new visitors.
“After all these sleepless nights, I’m just hoping it’s been good echidna sex, because it means I might get to see some puggles.”
Yes. Baby echidnas are called puggles. It’s adorable.
But unfortunately she probably won’t get to see the cute little baby puggles because echidnas are pretty good at hiding their young until they’re old enough to fend for themselves.
These spiky little devils play a big part in our ecosystem and are believed to help control the population of ants and other insects that were not particularly fond of. Lynelle hopes that they at least eat any termites at her property while they’re staying.
If you think you might have some frisky echidnas in your backyard, a telltale sign is their glittery poo that they leave behind. Yep. Four-headed penises and glittery poo. It sounds like an absolute hoot at Lynelle’s house if you ask me.Image: Lynelle Urquhart