What’s going on, Coyote Pack?
Are you ready to meet one of the most bizarre creatures to call Australia home?
Let me give you a hint
as to what you’re about to see,
it has no teeth,
it has hair and it also lays eggs,
If you don’t know what it is, stay tuned,
’cause we’re about to enter into its enclosure.
No gloves, I’m gonna tryto do this without gloves,
without getting spiked. Oh,
哦 天哪 真扎人
oh, oh, super spiky.
[upbeat jungle music]
Wow, look at that arachnid.
Australia’s famouslyknown for its iconic mix
of unique animal species,
many of which can not be found anywhere else in the world.
Some of them, like the kangarooare incredibly plentiful
and it’s not uncommon
in the least to see them quickly hopping across the outback.
When it comes torecognizable reptiles,
when you think Australia, you definitely thinkabout crocodiles, however,
to my surprise,
they were actually rarerthan you may think,
as both the freshwaterand saltwater varieties
inhabit mainly the Northern Territory,
but what about the animalsthat aren’t considered icons,
the ones who are seldom seen,due to their elusive nature
and who in many cases, are also considered to be nature’s oddities.
Today we’re back at theBillabong Sanctuary,
located in Nome, asmall town just south of townsville
the North, Queensland,
proudly listed asone of Australia’s top ecotourism attractions,
this family-owned andoperated establishment
is home to over50 native species,
including what I consider to be the continent’sundisputed champion,
when it comes to thetitle of most bizarre.
So if you are ready,
let’s see if we can get up close with the echidna. Alright,
come on, guys.
Now the keepers have leftthe door slightly ajar,
let’s go inside and be extra quiet and see
if we can find it.
(light suspenseful music) Oh,
它就在那 来来来 进来
it’s right here, comein, come in, come in.
You have to be carefulwhere you step,
when you’re in this enclosure, because look at that,
almost like a biological landmine, you may
think that this is some sort of cacti,
but that is in fact an echidna.
– [Mark] That’s an animal?
– That’s an animal and
it is buried down in the dirt,
you guys wanna see it,I’ve gotta dig it up
and that’s about it, kindalooks like a sea urchin, right?
– [Mark] That’s it?
– That’s it.
– [Mark] It’s justa ball of spikes.
– 嗯 一个刺球 看起来像豪猪 额
– A ball of spikes, looks like porcupine quills and
it’s not something you wan na come in and sit
down to have a picnic on, so you’re just
gon na sit right here next to it. Whoa,
哇 看 它动了
now it’s reallystarting to move,
嘿 伙计 你在干嘛呢
hey buddy, how yadoing in there? Now,
actually it’s a lot bigger then that,
it is buried down in the dirt and what we’re seeing
right here is anincredible, defensive pose,
now this creature isincredibly speedy
when it comes to digging,and all he needs to do
is sense something dangerous in its environment,
like a dingo and they will immediately
use their claws and their powerful legs to
dig down into a little burrow like that
and rack these spines up in the air
and it’s very tough to eat something that is covered in spines like that, but–
– [马克] 这些刺会掉吗？
– [Mark] So will thosecome off into your fingers?
– 不 它的刺可不会跟豪猪一样脱落
– No, its quills do notrelease from its body
like that of a porcupine, in fact, they
‘re not related to porcupines at all and I know
you guys really wan na see this creature
and to do that, I’mgonna have to dig it up
and no gloves, I’m gonna tryto do this without gloves,
without getting spiked, now,these spikes are non-venomous,
but if I’m spiked by them,
it is gon na cause some irritation
and it’s gonna be very itchy.
– [Mark] Are they sharp?
– They’re razor sharp, here,
bring your hand in here and just kind of prop down on top there,
it’s like a pin cushion, right?
– [Mark] Argh!
-[狼叔] 是啊 你一碰 它就会动
– [Coyote] Yeah, like everytime you touch it, it moves
and even that,
imagine if you were a dingo and you come into the environment to sniff this,
even that little movement can give you a good poke right in the nose.
-[马克] 啊 你可以感受到它正趴着
– [Mark] Yeah, you can feelas it kind of laid down,
when it budges, they get like…
– 呃- 非常坚硬
– Hm-mm.- really stiff.
-[狼叔] 是 它们可以躺下来
– [Coyote] Yep, they can layflat and then they can also
be racked like that to protect the creature,
when it’s buried down underneath soft soil.
-[马克] 哇哦 你真的要这么干吗
– [Mark] Wow, are yousure you wanna do this?
– 当然 你们肯定想近距离看它 对吧
– Well yeah, you guys wannasee it up close, right?
– 是 我想看它- 好吧
– Sure, I wanna see it.- Alright.
– [Mark] But onlyif you’re willing.
– 噢 让我想想
– Oh yeah, well, let me see,
my tactic here is gon na
be to try to get to its underside,
now their bellies are muchsofter than the top side,
so if I can get my handssort of underneath it,
I can pull it out and what it
‘s gon na do is curl up into a ball.
开始吧 噢 我抓住了
Here we go, oh, I got it, I got it. Oh,
这是脸 噢 这是它的头吗
here comes the face, isthat his head right there? No,
that’s the rump end.
噢 天呐 它好强壮
Oh wow, he’s incrediblystrong, here we go, ah,
I got ya, I got ya, got it,
there it is, that’s anechidna right there, oh,
oh, oh, super spiky,
can you see its face on that side?
– [Mark] Yeah.
– There’s a littleface right there.
Actually if I sit down here,
I’m gon na plop it on my lap,
it’s a dangerous little maneuver,
but I wan na hold it like this.
– [Mark] Wow, look atthe spikes sticking out.
It looks just like a sea urchin.
-[凯奥特] 稍等 我已经抓住它的肚子了
– [Coyote] Hold on, I’vegotta get by the belly. Ow,
ow, ow, ow.
-[马克]事实上 你知道吗 狼叔
– [Mark] Actually,you know what, Coyote?
– [Mark] You know whatthat animal reminds me of?
– What’s that?
– [Mark] That videogame we used to play?
– 我最爱的游戏?- 是
– My favorite video game?- Yeah.
– Sonic the Hedgehog?
And actually what’s really cool about the echidna is
that the echidna was a character in the Sonic series,
you guys rememberKnuckles, the red one?
He had those boxing gloves,he was actually an echidna,
based off of this animal and look
at that cute, little face,
you see that elongated nose?
That is specialized for catching insects, now they’re insectivores,
which means they primarily feed
on bugs and they specializein eating ants and termites
and similar to an anteater,they don’t have teeth,
but they have along, sticky tongue,
they use that tongue to kind of feel
around inside of old, rotting logs, underneath rocks
and around in termiteand ant nests,
what they will dois just kind of suck
those creatures up into their mouths and grind them up
against the roof of their mouth and then they have a meal. Hi,
嘿 伙计 你脏兮兮的样子真可爱
bud, oh, you’reso cute and dirty,
look at that little foot,look at those paw pads
and they feel just like Latex and look
at that big claw upfront, it’s like a shovel.
It’s interesting how the front legs are very similar
to the back legs,’cause these are the little
back legs here, see how stout they are?
– [Mark] Little, chubby feet.
– 是啊 还有乳胶般的脚掌
– Yeah and littlepads feel like Latex
and the front feet, you actuallycan’t see the front feet
really well, but they kind of look like the foot of a mole,
it’s interesting, thisanimal’s like the combination
of so many different creatures and I find that that seems to
be the case with many of the animals here in Australia,
they’re like this weird mix of all these different creatures,
that we’re used to seeing in the United States.
– [Mark] What does theechidna smell like?
– 呃 我不确定 我想试试
– Oh, I’m not sureI wanna get my, ooh,
musky, a little musky, I don’t know
if they secrete any sort of musk or if that’s just
from the dirt that it’s been burying around in.
– [Mark] Do theyshed their quills?
– 会 就像头发一样
– Yes, they can shed their quills, just like
hair and they do actually have hair, little, coarse,
bristly hairs in between all of these spines
and their skin isincredibly leathery. Now,
other than the platypus,
this is the only mammal, that lays eggs
and the female will actuallycarry the egg inside of her
for several months and then when she lays it,
it takes about 10 days for it to hatch.
So bizarre, a mammalthat lays eggs.
– [Mark] And how manyeggs do they lay at once?
– Just a single egg, that’s it,
one egg is all this animal will lay.
Let me see
if I can set it down for a second,
if it’ll start to walk.
Here we go, watch this,
you guys wan na see it dig into the ground?
Watch how fast it’s ableto burrow down, watch this.
Any sort of disturbancein the environment,
look at that,
they actually push the dirt out to the sides
and those stout, little legs and claws allow them to
do this, so they don’t necessarily dig down forward
to protect themselves, they dig straight down,
so that then they can createthat pin cushion defense pose
and they have incrediblecamouflage too,
I mean, any sort of environment that’s
made of sticks and leaves and dirt and this
thing is gon na blend in perfectly.
Now look at that, it’salready buried back down, alright,
let me see if I can get him back up here.
– [Mark] I’m surprisedyou put it back down,
after it took you solong to dig it up.
– 是啊 我没想到这个
– Yeah, I didn’t reallythink about that. Okay,
they’re so like,
this is me trying to lift the echidna
out from under the groundand it is locked in place,
now you can imagine if it nestled itself up against
a log or in between some rocks, it’d
be absolutely impossible for a predator to dislodge it. Alright,
let’s see ifwe can bring the echidna
back up from under the dirt.
噢 伙计 你可真强壮
Come here, buddy, oh, so strong.
– [Mark] Dangerous kindof operation there.
– [Coyote] Whoa.
– 这是它的脸- 把土弄掉
– There’s his face.- Get the dirt off.
– 看这个小鼻子 伙计们
– There’s the littlenose, alright, bud? Oh,
pretty cool, huh?
– [Mark] That’s really cool.
– You wanna pet its back?
– [Mark] I kindawanna try to hold it.
– You wanna try to hold it?
– [Mark] Do youthink that’s okay?
– Ah, yeah, you just gottaget it from underneath here, here,
go ahead and set downyour camera real quick.
-[马克] 好 放着了
– [Mark] Okay, put my camera.
– 轻点 慢慢来
– Just be really, really gentle.
– 有人告诉我 要把手掌摊开
– I was told if Ikeep my hands flat.
– 是的 实际上如果你把手掌摊开
– Yeah, actually if youput your hands flat,
I can kind of layit on you like that
and then kind of feel for the belly,
there you go, there you go.
– [Mark] It’s got me.
– You got it? Spiky,
right?- Oh, it’s super spiky.
I got ya, I got ya, buddy.
– Pretty cool, huh? Hi.
– That’s pretty cool.
– 现在 大多数人不知道的就是
– Now, what most people probably don’t know is
that Knuckles was your favorite Sonic the Hedgehog character, right?
– He was.
The underside is really soft,- Right.
– 还有一层毛- 对
– and fur-coated.- Yeah.
– You would never thinkthat by looking at the top.
– 呃 你也可以有这种柔软的肚子
– Well, you can have areally soft underbelly,
I guess if you have back
hair and spines like this guy,
– It’s got me. (laughs)
– Alright, I’ll justset it on my knee.
– [Mark] He’s got me, hold on.
Got it?- Yeah, I got him.
– [Mark] They havea strong grip.
– [Coyote] Yeah, they really do.
– Quite the handshake. (laughs)
– Those little stubby feetreally can grab on to you.
– [Mark] It’s really warmed up.
– 是啊 此时此刻我感觉
– Yeah, at this point, I feel like
we’re pretty comfortable together, I’m not getting
spined too bad, we’re just hanging out.
-[马克] 你看 我知道它叫啥名了
– [Mark] You know, I found outwhat that echidna’s name is,
you wanna know?
– 当然 它叫啥
– Yeah, what’s his name?
– 钉子- 钉子
– Spike.- Spike.
That’s a good, original namefor an echidna like this. Well,
this was pretty cool,
getting up close to one of the only monotremes
that’s here inAustralia, the echidna.
I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave,
stay wild, we’ll see youon the next adventure. Alright,
set him back down in the dirt and he’s gon na disappear,
它动起来了 哦 好的
And there he goes,oh, yummy, good.
Echidnas truly rank as being one
of the planet’s most uniquely bizarre animals
and while their spike-coveredbodies may give them
an outwardly aggressivelooking appearance,
these ambling little monotremes
are as kind-hearted as it gets.
If you ever encounter oneof these egg-laying mammals
in the wild, do notattempt to pick it up,
trust me when I say, youwill regret those spines. However,
if you simply admireit from a respectful distance,
I promise that anencounter with an echidna
is something youwill never forget. Hey,
嘿 狼群小队 我有个好消息
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– [Audience] Stay wild!
(light jungle music)