I’ve found an ECHIDNA

An infant Echidna is called a Puggle. In summer, tiny puggles are often rescued from the roadside when their mother is hit by a car, or in the case of older puggles, when their nursery burrows are excavated by land clearing. Adults and juveniles are also subject to car accidents and dog attacks.

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 or plastic garbage bag to possibly lodge themselves in an inaccessible part of your vehicle requiring partial dismantling to remove it.

HANDLING

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

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

INFANTS

Keep Puggles in the dark in a moderate temperature. They need highly specialised care involving specially formulated Echidna milk combined with specialised feeding techniques. Contain in a pillow case.