Even sleepy Robertson is not used to having an Echidna walking along the main street, outside St John's Church of England.Today the CTC was having a small "car boot sale". As I was preparing to leave, I suddenly was confronted by an Echidna walking down the edge of the road. It had come out from the grounds of the Church of England, and was crossing the driveway from the CTC building.
I ran to get assistance, and Peter and Jane and Monica came out and we managed to secure the Echidna. Here you can see Peter carrying it (as carefully as possible) for not only are the long spines quite sharp, its has huge claws, and the front legs are extremely powerful (its their front legs which do most of their digging and burrowing activities).
We relocated it to the scrub along the edge of Caalang Creek, at the back of Hampden Park. It immediately sought to bury itself in the deep soft soil there. I went back to check it a few minutes later, it had safely moved to a new spot (somewhere). With a steep slope close to the creek, and lots of dense cover available there, the Echidna will at least be safe from vehicles, and also, hopefully from dogs.
I was thrilled, but surprised to see this healthy looking Echidna in the main street of Robertson. On a busy Sunday afternoon, Hoddle Street, Robertson (the Illawarra Highway) is no place for an Echidna.
The edge of Caalang Creek, in Hampden Park, is close enough to where I found it, for it to find its way home, safely, if that is what it feels compelled to do. For who knows what instincts power the mind of an Echidna? Perhaps it was feeling the urges of Springtime?
I do know that Echidnas are stubborn little creatures, determined to do what they want to do. Let's wish this healthy little guy all the best.
By the way, Peter was relieved that the Echidna did not relieve itself on him, while he was carrying it in his lap, while I was driving them both to the back of Hampden Park. I cannot imagine how bad Echidna-wee might smell, with all those ants and termites they eat.