Baby echidna saved from certain death
ONE brave echidna is ready to be released back into the wild after recently being discovered barely alive near Spring Creek in Mowbray.
The spiky mammal was found one morning when Jenny Edmondson was about to go to work and spotted it wandering up her Mowbray driveway.
“We’ve lived there for 10 years and this is the first one I’ve seen, we are near a wooded area next to Spring Creek,” she said.
“I’ve never seen one on the plot before, I got up close and it didn’t notice and he didn’t seem particularly healthy,” she said.
“He hid under the car for a while and it took a while to extract him and I bundled it into a box and took it to the habitat.”
The Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas then admitted the patient and assistant manager Claire Anderson said the little echidna is at an age where it was weaned from its mum.
“We don’t come across young echidnas very often and I would put it close to nine to 10 months old based on its weight,” she said.
“It’s at a stage where it has been weaned from its mum and is trying to survive for itself - it’s a pretty tough time learning to live by themselves.”
The little echidna did not do so well and has been nursed back to health from near death as the wildlife carers treated its wounds.
“It was in a pretty bad way and took a lot of treatment to heal the wounds with antiseptic,” Claire said.
“The wound seemed to be a combination of an attack from a wild animal of some description and evidence of tick bites that got infected.
“It has adapted incredibly well, it’s almost like wild animals realise you’re trying to help them and it’s doing really well.
“We try to handle it as little as possible because we don’t want them to become humanised and we are looking to release it next week back in Mowbray.”
The Wildlife Habitat treat on average 400 rescued, injured, orphaned or sick animals a year of all shapes and sizes and return all wild animals to the areas where they were found if it is safe.
If you come across an animal in need of rescue contact DERM on 13000 ANIMAL or Far North Queensland wildlife rescue on 4053 4467.