RANGERS are often asked to perform odd tasks, but a City of Gosnells employee went above and beyond to handle a prickly situation during the Christmas holidays.
Ranger James was quick to don his gloves and come to the rescue after he was alerted to an echidna stuck in an irrigation pipe in the City’s Civic Centre gardens.
Although rescuing wildlife is not part of his everyday duties, James was happy to help as he worried the echidna might not survive otherwise.
“It’s unusual to see echidnas even in remote areas, so I was really surprised to see one in a suburban area,” he said.
“Hopefully he steers clear of any more irrigation pipes from now on.”
Although the echidna appeared unharmed, the City contacted Wildcare and were advised to take it to the Darling Range Wildlife Centre.
Once there, the echidna received a check-up and after it was found to be in good health, was released back into the wild.
Anyone who finds injured wildlife is urged to contact their local wildlife rescue centre.