WIRES to the rescue ...
This week WIRES received a late night call on their 24-hour rescue hotline from Judy and Kelly at Federal, who had found this tiny 178g hairless pink echidna puggle (baby echidna) on the road.
A female echidna had been startled by a car and had dropped her tiny baby in the middle of the road. An extensive search by the public and WIRES volunteers failed to locate the mother, who was last seen moving off into the bush.
The neighbours have been notified to keep an eye out for her on the off-chance that mother and baby can be re-united.
WIRES echidna co-ordinator Sharon and her husband Eric collected the puggle and stabilised the young echidna. She was checked for injuries before being tucked into a snug surrogate pouch. A bruised nose was causing the little one some grief, but no other injuries were evident.
The next task was to ensure the puggle's body temperature stable as trauma usually results in increased body temperature. Temporary housing was quickly set up with wet towels, an icepack and a fan to provide a cool environment.
“This tiny creature fitted into the palm of my hand,” Sharon said. “I knew that first night in care was critical and I had some very anxious moments. I was very pleased when her temperature finally stabilised.”
With the puggle's temperature back to normal, the little was ready for feeding, cleaning and vert check.
WIRES always needs more echidna carers for situations like these, and every carer is set up to accommodate the varying types of enclosures required to rear a puggle.
For information about becoming a carer, phone the WIRES hotline on 6628 1898.