Nose-rings are not for echidnas!

Parks Australia

This couldn't have been very comfy for the poor little thing! This couldn’t have been very comfy for the poor little thing!

echidna2 The vet staff took great care of the unusual patient

echinda3 The cartilage was not damaged so the echidna can continue gobbling ants with ease

A lucky echidna is recovering after a rather unusual visit to the vet, to have a ring pull removed from its snout. We had received a few calls alerting us that the animal was wandering the gardens with the ring, from a soft drink can, stuck on its nose – but they were all after the event and we never found the creature. After a few disappointments staff were on the lookout, and promised that next time anyone saw it they would call the rangers straight away.

I got the call just as I was due to drive the Governor-General’s wife, Lady Cosgrove, out of the Gardens after an official opening. Our Director of National Parks Sally…

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