Berry is a Short Beaked Echidna and was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after being hit by a car. Berry sustained a serious wound that has to be cleaned daily, he is also being treated with pain relief and antibiotics.
Berry belongs to a beautiful and unique group of mammals called monotremes, these wonderful creatures are very unique in that they are an egg laying mammal. They are covered in dark brown fur, tough spikey spines and have a long tubular snout that is actually referred to as a beak!
Berry is recovering well since being admitted to the Wildlife Hospital and once fully rehabilitated, he will return to his home where he was rescued from.
It is now coming into breeding season for echidnas so please keep an eye out for them when you are out and about and take special care when driving. Another thing that will keep these little critters safe is keeping our dogs in at night as they are a nocturnal species.
You can also help patients like Berry by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!