FIRST FOR MWCEC

FIRST FOR MWCEC

On the 28th of September 2023, a little unspined, eyes closed, golf ball sized Echidna puggle came into care, weighing only 58 grams. The little Puggle was named “Whiskas”, by his rescuer. MWCEC contacted Australia Zoo regarding the immediate care of Whiskas. Whiskas care included weighing him and recording before and after feeds. This was a guide to how much milk he was allowed to drink, which was 15-20% of his body weight. He was placed on a formula of Wombaroo Echidna Early Milk which is formulated to match the composition of early lactation echidna milk.

Whiskas had to learn quickly how to feed from the palm of his carers hand. It would take up to an hour, per feed for Whiskas to slurp the formula up. During his first few feeds he would be covered in more milk than he drunk, so it was a stressful time for Whiskas and his carer.  Echidnas make a kneading and prodding motion with their beaks into the mother’s abdomen to persuade her to let down the thick milk, so the palm of the hand was prodded by the puggle in the same way. Whiskas would lay on his back or side; this was a display of readiness for a feed.

Whiskas’ housing was in a cotton pouch, in a 15-litre esky, with a baby blanket inside for him to cuddle and burrow into.  Whiskas had a “fresh” odour like tea tree or eucalyptus aroma. As Whiskas was only 58 grams, in agreement with Australia Zoo after a week in care with MWCEC Whiskas was transported to the Zoo. He stayed two nights at the Zoo for assessment then was transported to an experienced Puggle carer on the Sunshine Coast.

WHISKAS THE ECHIDNA PUGGLE

After being with a carer on the Sunshine Coast Whiskas came back into the care of MWCEC, on the 28Th of December, 2023. He grew very spikey with lots of small spikes on his upper body and fine hair underside, legs, face and weighed 381grams.

His home became a large plastic storage tub with dirt, timber burrow box and his baby blanket inside, which he used since day one in care. He lived in this plastic tub until ready for the next stage of care. Whiskas feeds were every 2 ½ days on Wombaroo Echidna Late milk formula, which is formulated to match the composition of later lactation echidna milk. It is very high energy (fat) content milk to cater for infrequent feeding intervals. His milk feeds still calculated at 15-20% of his body weight, weighing before and after feeds recorded. His milk feeds still calculated at 15-2-% of his body weight, weighing before and after feeds recorded.

Whiskas now putting on roughly 100 grams per feed and spikes so sharp requiring welding gloves for handling. He is thriving in care.

PAXTON THE PUGGLE

Paxton the Puggle was handed into the St George Vet Clinic on 3rd November 2023.  MWCEC organised with Warrego Transport Roma to transport this special cargo from St George to Roma. Paxton came into care weighing 203 grams, bigger than our first little one Whiskas. Paxton’s carer sought the advice and support from an experienced Echidna Puggle Mentor (who happened to be Whiskas current carer). This advice and support allowed Paxton to remain in care with MWCEC.

Paxton was placed on Wombaroo Echidna Early Milk formula and was kneading, prodding, and drinking from the palm of the hand of his carer like a Pro. His feeds were daily till his carer was confident he was drinking sufficient milk quantity, which was 15-20% of his body weight.

Paxton’s home was a 20-litre esky with a baby blanket for him to snuggle and burrow into. Paxton’s spines grew bigger and sharper with his underside, face and legs covered with a soft hair. Short walks on the grass allowed his legs to strengthen and become stronger getting ready for release.

On the 8th of December, Paxton moved into a large plastic storage tub with dirt, timber burrow box and his baby blanket inside, which he used since day one in care. His home would be this plastic tub until ready for the next stage of care. Paxton’s feeds were every 2 ½ days and on Wombaroo Echidna Late milk formula, which is formulated to match the composition of later lactation echidna milk. It is very high energy (fat) content milk to cater for infrequent feeding intervals.

Paxton now putting on roughly 150 grams per feed and spikes so sharp requiring welding gloves for handling. He is thriving in care.

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