Beau, The Echidna Puggle A.K.A. The Cutest Animal You’ve Never Heard Of, Gets A New Home! [PHOTOS]

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For those cynics who say that life doesn’t revolve around celebrities and Hollywood, and for those who love the internet’s abundance of cute animals, here’s some news that will really tug at your heart strings.

As a couple walked around a Anna Bay caravan park, just north of Sydney, Australia, they spotted a little critter along the side of a dirt road. That critter is Beau, the baby Echidna, or Echidna Puggle who was rescued later that day, thanks to the call from the couple that found him, by the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

At only 10 weeks, the little guy didn’t have good odds at surviving, considering his young age. Echida’s, who look like a mix between a hedgehog, a platypus and an ant eater, are kept inside a burrow with their mothers and siblings for the first few months of life, only drinking milk that their mothers excrete. Beau was found with his eyes still closed, and no spikes, meaning that he was completely defenseless.

According to the zoo, Beau is “growing stronger every day,” ever since the nurses at the zoo started feeding him milk, in place of his lost family. Now Beau is expected to grow up to be a completely healthy Echidna! The longest recorded lifespan of a captive Echidna is 50 years, but with all the miraculous events in Beau’s life, I’d say he’s well on his way to beating that.

Check out the gallery to see Beau the Echidna Puggle (That’s a mouthful, huh?) growing into adulthood!

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