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    DJUMBA might be a prickly character, but that won't stop her celebrating her first birthday on Wednesday.
    The short-beaked echidna has settled into life at Healesville Sanctuary, less than a year after being separated from her mother and found in a rubbish tip.
    She will mark the milestone with a feast of fly pupae and digging holes.
    Healesville Sanctuary's wildlife veterinary supervisor Gerry Hammersley said Djumba, whose name means lick in an indigenous language, was progressing well.
    "She is a normal, fully weaned echidna weighing in at 2.3kg, a far cry from her weight on admission almost 12 months ago . . . when she weighed only 160 grams and looked like a little pink jelly bean about the size of an egg," Mr Hammersley said.




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