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Rachel the Echidna   - 2nd June 2012

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Rachel the Echidna

Age: Adult Weight: 2kg Sex: Female

Found: After being attacked by a pet dog in a backyard at Kin Kin.

Transported to: A local vet and then on to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for specialised treatment and care.

Veterinary Assessment: Dr Amber assessed Rachel and found she had suffered several puncture wounds to her body as a result of the dog attack, with an especially deep one on her back reaching all the way down to muscle.

Treatment: Dr Amber administered Rachel pain relief and anaethetised her before cleaning her wounds. A drain was placed in the deepest wound and remained there for five days. She was then transferred to a local wildlife carer until fully recovered.

Outcome: Rachel's wounds healed nicely, and she was recently released back into her natural habitat in the area where she was found.

AZWH Statistic: Rachel is the eighteenth echidna to be treated at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital so far in 2012.



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