A supplied image obtained Friday, April 29, 2016. A baby echidna is making a remarkable recovery at Taronga Zoo, after being attacked by chickens in a family’s backyard.
A supplied image obtained Friday, April 29, 2016. A baby echidna is making a remarkable recovery at Taronga Zoo, after being attacked by chickens in a family’s backyard. AAP Image - Taronga Zoo

Baby echidna attacked by chickens rescued by Taronga Zoo

A BABY echidna attacked by chickens in a backyard near Newcastle has the chance of a safe life after being taken to Taronga Zoo.

The puggle was taken to the Sydney zoo in a dehydrated and scratched state in early April after the attack.

It was unclear whether the puggle had left its burrow accidentally or its mother had died, Taronga Wildlife Hospital supervisor Annabelle Sehlmeier told Australian Geographic.

"Normally a baby echidna would feed every three to five days when its mum returned to the burrow, but this little one wants to feed every day. I guess it's making up for lost time," she said.

Unusually small for a four-month-old puggle, the baby echidna has grown from 400g to 530g after feeding in the past two weeks.

Staff at the zoo hospital have nicknamed it Bonsai for its small stature.

The echidna will likely stay at the zoo for about three months to recover.


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