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#1 fionah

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

... and it had 7 ticks on it.
Would you remove them yourself (almost 10 years of Vet Nurse experience) or wait for who knows how long for the WIRES rescue lady to call back and see what she says?

Fi

#2 Meagan

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

If I were a vet nurse, I would, I assume, be ok with removing them myself. The only issue would be do you know how to handle an Echidna?

#3 countrymel

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

If I was a vet nurse who knew how to do it I would do it myself.

If I were a vet nurse who thought maybe I could possibly, perhaps do it... then I'd probably wait to see what WIRES said..

My Mum was a former Vet nurse, she knew what she could and couldn't do.... trust yourself OP.


#4 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

QUOTE (Meagan @ 21/02/2013, 02:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If I were a vet nurse, I would, I assume, be ok with removing them myself. The only issue would be do you know how to handle an Echidna?

Very gently

#5 DEVOCEAN

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

If you have had 10yrs of being a vets nurse, remove them. The wait for someone from wires could be awhile and allow more of the toxin into his/her system.

#6 Guest_Marquise_*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

remove them yourself.
(and good on you for looking after the little beastie)

#7 DEVOCEAN

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

Echidnas can be so cute. I remember the one we cared for when dad found it injured. We called him a really original name 'spike'.

#8 ~~diz~~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

Just dont p*ss him off while your doing it

#9 emnut

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

It would depend on how comfortable you are in handling the echidna (I don't necessarily think that having vet nurse experience matters all that much if you have never been in contact with/handled an echidna before personally)

#10 countrymel

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (~~diz~~ @ 21/02/2013, 05:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just dont p*ss him off while your doing it


It won't do anything... when they feel threatened they just curl up and try to hide.  

What do you think the spines are for?  They are their protection, not an offensive weapon!

A male has a spur but it cannot inject poison like a platypus spur.

#11 fionah

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

8 ticks removed, Echidna released and no return call from Wires as yet.

I am very comfortable handling natives, just wanted to make sure others felt I was doing the right thing.

Fi original.gif

#12 Mercurial

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

I just tried to like your update - too much time on Facebook today  wacko.gif

Well done - happy echidna!

#13 rainycat

Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Excellent work!

#14 *Spikey*

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:12 PM

Good stuff.

When we had the local wombat wrangler attend our place to remove a rogue wombat, they also used ivermectin to give the wombat additional protection. It might be worth asking about how you'd treat various natives, for the next time. wink.gif

I love echidnas. wub.gif

#15 kadoodle

Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

Yay for the de-ticked echidna.  I've held one once (a school trip as a kid to the zoo) and it was pretty amazing.

#16 unicorn

Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

I haven't had a lot of experience with echidnas, but they are sweet little creatures. Most native animals are fairly immune to ticks, but I would remove them too. You can buy tick twister remover things that are great for removing ticks, especially in harder to reach places.

#17 trishalishous

Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

well done!

#18 Etcetera

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

Any pics?

Good on you original.gif

#19 DEVOCEAN

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

Good news.

QUOTE (Mercurial @ 21/02/2013, 06:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just tried to like your update - too much time on Facebook today  wacko.gif

Well done - happy echidna!

Am I worse than you, because as I read your post I silently thought to myself 'Yay we have a like button, where is it."

#20 Therese

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

Well done!

#21 *Spikey*

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

And fi,

where are our pics? Surely you took pics!!!!!!! cool.gif

Edited by *Spikey*, 22 February 2013 - 07:00 PM.


#22 Coffeegirl

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

I had to stop in the middle of the road to let an echnida cross a few weeks ago.  In the middle of suburban Sydney.  I've never seen one in the wild  blush.gif   The woman driving in the oppoaite direction stopped too and we just sat there with our jaws hanging while it crossed the road.   I was too gobsmacked to even get a pic.

Good on you for caring for it!  Wires can be a bit slow here to respond to calls as well.  Probably because there is only one woman in the whole area and she works as well sad.gif

#23 kadoodle

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 22/02/2013, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And fi,

where are our pics? Surely you took pics!!!!!!! cool.gif



+1

#24 Sezzy1234

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:30 PM

Most native animals are immune to tick toxins  original.gif




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