Named for famed British naturalist and personal hero David Attenborough, this is a picture of Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi), snapped by a camera trap during an expedition in the Cyclops Mountains in Indonesia’s Papua Province. It is the first time since 1961 that scientists have managed to spot the elusive Pokemon.
It is considered a monotreme, or an evolutionary distinct group of mammals who can lay eggs. The platypus is also a monotreme and there are only five remaining species of these strange types of mammal on Earth.
“Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna has the spines of a hedgehog, the snout of an anteater, and the feet of a mole. Because of its hybrid appearance, it shares its name with a creature of Greek mythology that is half human, half serpent,” University of Oxford biologist James Kempton said in a statement.
‘Oooh, I know, let’s try this!’ I imagine Evolution thinking aloud while creating egg-laying mammals after a night of unusually heavy drinking with Darwin. Now that guy — he can hold his liquor. My roommate? Never fails to pee the bed. “Don’t you live with your girlfriend?” Yes, and I always take the blame because I’m a catch.