Melbourne Yamaha MT-10 rider and animal lover Scott has displayed the passion riders have for our environment in a video where he rescues an echidna from becoming roadkill.
“I was on my way home from Reefton and was riding along Gembrook Rd when I noticed the little guy just sitting there in the middle of the lane,” says Scott who posted his video on his YouTube channel, SixFive Moto.
“I’d never seen an echidna face to face before so I had no idea how sharp his spines actually were.
“I love animals so anytime I see one in a bad situation I will always stop.”
Check out his video.
Echidnas are protected throughout Australia and Wildlife Rescue recommends that you leave it where it is unless it’s in danger such as in this situation.
They suggest approaching the animal from behind as Scott did.
“Attempt to slip one or both hands under the shoulders and legs, then relax,” they suggest.
“When the echidna relaxes, gradually push further under the soft underbelly.”
They recommend you never pull, lift or hold echidnas by their hind feet or extract them with tools as this can injure the animal.