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Echidna Puggles Born at Perth Zoo Reportedly Mark Breeding Milestone 17 Dec 2012 If you need a pick-me-up this week, these delightful echidna puggles may be able to lend a chubby hand. According to Australia's Herald Sun, a pair of baby short-beaked echidnas were born at Perth Zoo this August... While short-beaked echidnas are not considered to be endangered (though they are protected under Australian law), their long-beaked cousins are. As conservation group EDGE notes, the "three species of long-beaked echidna...are classified as Critically Endangered -- one category away from "Extinct" -- by the IUCN.