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Lecki the Echidna Puggle   - 4th January 2011

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Lecki the Echidna Puggle

Age: 3 months
Sex: Male

Found: Tiaro, near Maryborough, after his burrow was accidentally dug up in a schoolyard.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, after being left for 24 hours in his burrow in the hope his mum would return.

Veterinary Assessment: Found Lecki to be a sick little boy, covered in scabs (which were actually skin lesions)

Treatment: Lecki began a course of antibiotics to help fight the lesion-causing infection and was sent to a specialised echidna carer to be raised.

Future: Lecki is still drinking a special echidna milk formula, and in the coming months will be weaned by the carer and taught to search for solid food, including ants and termites.

Did You Know?: Puggles are unable to hear until their ears open at approximately three months of age.

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