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Shirley the Echidna   - 15th May 2017

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Shirley the Echidna

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Female   Weight: 690gms

Found: Shirley and her mother were found on the side of the road in Ningi, Queensland after they were struck by car. Shirley's mother passed away due to her injuries, sadly leaving young Shirley an orphan.

Transported to: A wildlife carer rescued Shirley and brought her to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Veterinary Assessment: When Shirley arrived at the Wildlife Hospital, she was super active and she had great mobility of her four limbs. Dr Sharon examined Shirley and thankfully confirmed that she had escaped any injuries to her beak, suffering only minor abrasions to her hind feet.

Treatment: Dr Sharon cleaned Shirley's wounds on her hind feet, applied anti-bacterial cream and administered fluids to aid Shirley's recovery.

Outcome: After three days in the Wildlife Hospital, Shirley was given the all clear to continue her rehabilitation with a specialised wildlife carer. Once Shirley is fully-grown she will be able to return to her life in the wild.

AZWH Fact: The Australian Firefighters were lucky enough to meet Shirley echidna on their recent visit to the Wildlife Hospital. We're so humbled that the proceeds from the 2018 calendar will go towards supporting the many conservation projects that Wildlife Warriors support, including the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, where animals like Shirley, can receive the help they need to return to their life in the wild.



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