Echidna Release

Echidna Release

MWR Clinic Manager Jo and Volunteer Liz were called out to a Echidna that was injured on the side of the road some 90ks round trip from the Refuge.  After asking the finder to wait with the animal and get directions we arrived to find the Echidna bleeding from the beak and back legs. The echida was given immidiate first aid and carfully placed into a bucket ready for transport back to MWR where her bleeding was brought under control and she was stablilsed and rehydrated for 48 hours before heading to the vet another 82ks round trip away. On examination she was shown to have no damage to her beak, feet or legs. She stayed in care until she was eating and walking with out any problems.  The photo is of Liz realeasing her in the forest where she was found.

Liz and Jo stayed and watch her for quite a while as she immediatly started to forrage under and around logs looking for termites.  She was such a strong girl, lifting and moving logs to get to her food.  We watched as she dissapeared into the forrest and we both smiled as we made our way back to the car.  Very satisfying job.

Author
Glen Burston
Wildlife Group
Maroo Wildlife Refuge Inc