Concerned members of the public may have noticed echidnas on the roads. Chances are you’ll see more than one – this is called an echidna train, where the female leads a line of males behind her in order of size. This makes them vulnerable, and drivers are advised to be alert so as not to drive over them. If you find one that is injured, gently wrap it in a towel and carry it to the roadside and phone WIRES.
It is worthwhile checking the underside skin folds for a puggle (baby echidna). Injured animals and orphaned puggles need to be taken to a wildlife carer immediately. Those with pink tags have already been assessed by registered injured wildlife volunteers.
Drivers are urged to do their best to safely avoid these creatures on the road.
Telephone the WIRES wildlife rescue centre on 1300 094 737.
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