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Echidna Milk by ursulav Echidna Milk by ursulav
So I know this guy online.

He's a very nice Australian gentlemen, and he rehabilitates wildlife, which is a tough and thankless job, particularly in a land where everything is poisonous, savage, or Steve Irwin. It's not a job that I could possibly do, so I enjoy vicariously his reports. Bats are his specialty, but he does a lot of native birds, too. But probably his most charming rehabs are the Rampaging Puggles--better known as baby echidnas. (A baby monotreme--echidnas or platypi--is known as a "puggle." This is possibly one of the cutest words in existence.)

One day, he was talking about feeding the puggle, and I asked if they made "I Can't Believe It's Not Echidna Milk" formula, or if he had to make his own. Apparently they do not make ICBINEM over the counter, and so he has to make it himself, using marsupial milk formula, mixed with cream and oil. (When they get older, he has to make "I Can't Believe It's Not Termites" out of mealworms. This is not a job for the faint of heart.)

This struck me as a grave oversight on the part of the market, and while I am not in a position to manufacture echidna formula, alas, (nor can I see setting up echidna milking in any quantity, as they don't actually have nipples, but effectively sweat the milk through bare patches of skin. Also, only echidnas can tell their genders apart.) I can at least generate a label! So this one's for Den and hours of enjoyment reading about his charges. And also an excuse to draw echidnas and platypi in diapers.

You can visit Den's website at [link]

Prints of this image are available for $10 and $20, plus shipping. Baffle visitors! Send a note or visit [link]
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:iconsilverwolf51:
Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So cute!
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The-Sculpture Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
best milk 10/10
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:iconaloodonguy67:
Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Artist
Adorable!!!!
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CinnamonSand Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This makes me so happy...:O_o:
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:iconwormandaduck:
WormandaDuck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Came from ze frank
Googled milk patches
Made my day
Thank you
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glinda-w Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
(rather late getting to your gallery, though I've been a Digger fan for a while now.)

*splutter*grin* As soon as I saw that label, I knew it *had* to be for BattyDen, as he called himself on the old Usenet alt.callahans.

Small world... *grin*
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greeniegogo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
As an Aussie myself, I'd like to congratulate you on not completely mucking up the way they look or writing something completely stupid about them. Thanks :)
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SparklingDArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Knuckles the echidna rocks :l
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:iconrogerlake:
rogerlake Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
lol soo awesome!
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:iconmultimorph:
Multimorph Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
On the count of three... one... two... three... D'AWWWWWWW!
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:iconaarn:
aarn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Platypus are toxic.........
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:iconaquaticnonsense:
AquaticNonsense Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolute genius. I love it! It has such an interesting story to accompany it. :D
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:iconpeanut72712:
peanut72712 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
yay its knuckles
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:iconpumpkinsandstuff242:
pumpkinsandstuff242 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
adorable! puggle....I'll have to use that word more often.
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:iconbleumune:
BleuMune Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you did this years ago, but this is adorable!!!
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:iconusernames-are-a-drag:
So this is now my new favourite thing.
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:iconsilversfangirl:
silversfangirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
i thought echidnas were extinct..... STUPID WIKIPEDIA! but the pic is awesome :D
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:iconshadowgladiator:
shadowgladiator Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
That is so cute and awsome!!
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:iconlee-sherman:
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Fun esoteric stuff!
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:icontsutar:
tsutar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
love your australian animal designs :D
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:iconpureangel404:
pureangel404 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
hheehhe
so funny and creative!
love it!
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:iconb-a-doyle:
B-A-Doyle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
that made me happy
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:iconfarsee:
farsee Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
haha I'm from Australia and there are echindas all over the place where I live!
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:iconmbk606:
Mbk606 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Puggle.
Such a funny word.
Right up there with 'dongle' and 'quintuplet'.


"Sucks to be alive, sucks more to be dead while walking."

- Mendal B. Kerr
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zetukochan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
:rofl:with a tantilizing side of mealworm? :XD:
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:iconiamzhippopotimus:
iamzhippopotimus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
cute!
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:iconmomoiya-neko:
Momoiya-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
Wow this is so adorable!
I added it to my "Australia's Cutest Creatures" collection ^.^
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Chakat-Stripedfur Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Being rather fond of a certain echidna myself, I must say this is several levels of Kawaii for me. This deserves much more than one fave, but alas that's all I can give it. Awesome work, and great theme!
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww! That's adorable! X3 I didn't know baby echidnas and platypi were called puggles.
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:iconchibitracy:
chibitracy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist
awww :rofl:
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BroadwayMasquerade Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
That is officially the most random and wonderful thing in the world, ever. Love it. :D
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amy-choco Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
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Please see this :3 is based in your work
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:iconklutter:
klutter Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I lol'd xD
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:iconmr-orange-bob:
Mr-Orange-Bob Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008   Artisan Crafter
cool
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smilysarah7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
LOL, don't echida and platypus lay eggs?
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EquidnaRojo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Echidnas are by far my favorite animals! This is a very cute redition of the little guy...and the puggles are so adorable! Such a cute ad, and very cool story behind it! Hopefully someone will get their rear in gear and start manufaturing said product!
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:iconrosecoloredcloud:
rosecoloredcloud Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
This is adorable! :)
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:iconpossumgirl:
PossumGirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Aw that puggle is cute :) I work with rehabilitating wildlife too. I also specialise in bats :) A person I know had a puggle called Snuggles
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:iconsilvercrow:
silvercrow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So damn cute, i love the idea of the fake old fashion ad!
Bravo for the result too, really looks great. :clap:
I'm faving it!
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:iconcaterpillarsrule:
CaterpillarsRule Featured By Owner May 29, 2008   Photographer
yummmm :9
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:iconbilbily:
bilbily Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
LMAO I LOVE THIS :P
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:iconimilkdude:
imilkdude Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
reminds me of a sketch on an old tv program called vicar dibley or sumit like that. i cant believe its not butter butter
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Soulshifter666 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008   Interface Designer
Ain't Echidna's monotremes, not marsupials?
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:iconvetoast:
vetoast Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist
yay pink echidna (brother's fave animal) and blue platypus! both in nappies! i love it! what flavour does ICBINEM and ICBINPM taste like?
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thechaosofpeace Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
this is one of the most adorable marsupials i have ever seen
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:iconomnywrench:
Omnywrench Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Aww, a little pink puggle in a nappy! That's too cute.

I like saying 'nappy' because it sounds better then 'diaper'.
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PAnubiz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Doble LOL
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neverland281 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007   Photographer
This is of utter hilarity. It's been far too long since I've heard the word "Echidna".
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DarknessbUnnie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
And I can't believe that it BURN! :ohnoes:

Kidding, this is too hilarious and does raise the question; how would the market of E-KID-NA milk go?

GReat design and one can not beat a pink echidna!
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KawaiiSteffu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
aaaaawwwww thats so cute, damn I faved this ages ago and I don't think I left a comment....might double check but I have to say, u did the echidna very well, I love the little face :giggle: and the platypus is so cute as well, u really got some skill there =)
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