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Echidna swims across the North Esk River in Launceston, Tasmania | February 28, 2022 | ACM

Australian Community Media
Australian Community Media
Did you know echidnas can swim?

One family certainly didn't know when they watched a determined little echidna get dragged downstream as it swam across a fast-flowing river.

M&D Design's Matthew Coote was paddling with his young children and nephews when they spotted the echidna in the North Esk River in Corra Linn, southeast of Launceston, Tasmania on Monday, February 14.

"We were all down in the water, building little dams and playing with the kids. And we literally just looked beside us and we were like 'What the heck? There's an echidna!'" Mr Coote told Australian Community Media (ACM).

"It was literally so calm, pretty much just walked through us. Super unusual. We sort of just watched him and took some photos. He didn't mind at all, he knew what he was doing. He was going for it."

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