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Prickly Wilson now in good hands

28 February 2013

Wilson the baby Echidna is one lucky guy, after being rescued from Main Street, Healesville last Sunday on a very hot afternoon.

Healesville Sanctuary’s Education Officer, Megan Wilson saw a lady stop and pick up something small from the road. "Once I could see what she was holding, I pulled over and asked if she would like some help. She was very grateful to hand him over to me knowing he would go into the care of Healesville Sanctuary.

"My five year old daughter, Anna, begged us to take him home so she could keep him," Megan said "She said if we call him Wilson, then he could be part of our family."

Wilson weighs just 740gms which is slightly underweight as Echidnas are usually weaned from Mum at between 800-1300gms. "He feels a little underweight but in good condition apart from that," Gerry Ross, Healesville Sanctuary Hospital Supervisor said.  "We will be offering him food and hoping that he will eat for us. If he decides he does not like our diet, we may decide to supplement feed him with some Echidna milk."

He is one very lucky little Echidna.

Visitors can visit Wilson and other patients at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary. 

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