Chittering Wildlife Carers
Chittering Wildlife Carers

DPaW Wildcare Helpline

Common causes for intervention:

  • Car accidents
  • In summer tiny puggles are often rescued from the roadside when their mother is hit by a car
  • In the case of older puggles they are rescued when their nursery burrows are excavated by land clearing

 

Handling

 

Throw a towel over the animal and pick it up using both hands on either side of it’s body. Do not pick it up by its back legs.

 

Containment

 

If transporting an Echidna in your car make sure it is securely contained in a box. Echidnas are very powerful animals for their size and will easily work their way out of a flimsy box and possibly lodge themselves in an inaccessible part of your vehicle requiring partial dismantling to remove the animal.

 

Special Notes

 

Echidnas have a lower body temperature than other animals and are extremely sensitive to heat. They do not need to be kept warm. Heat is a greater danger than cold. In warm/hot weather they should be kept in a cool place.

An Echidna that has been hit or even run over by a car may show very little evidence of damage as its spiky exterior can mask signs of injury.

 

Infants

 

An infant Echidna is called a Puggle. Puggles should be kept in the dark in a moderate temperature. Puggles need highly specialised care involving specially formulated Echidna milk combined with specialised feeding techniques.

 

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