INJURED: This echidna is recovering at the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital after being found badly injured in Redbank Plains.
INJURED: This echidna is recovering at the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital after being found badly injured in Redbank Plains. Claudia Baxter

Kids stuff echidna in bag and toss it into traffic

CHILDREN stuffed an echidna in a bag and threw it into the path of cars at a shopping centre at Darra as RSPCA officials believe holidaying students may be responsible for a spate of animal cruelty.

The terrified bundle of spines was rescued and taken to the RSPCA's animal care facility at Wacol.

It was one of four injured echidnas - sometimes known as spiny anteaters - brought into care in the past month.

RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said there was a disturbing trend of animal abuse among children during the school holidays.

"We've also treated a number of local wildlife who have been shot with arrows or nailed to trees," he said.

"I understand children are looking for entertainment during the holidays but why would they want to do that?"

Springfield's Emotional Balance Centre principal psychologist Nic Marcon said parents should be very concerned if their children were cruel to animals.

This echidna is recovering at the RSPCA's wildlife hospital after being found badly injured in Redbank Plains. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
This echidna is recovering at the RSPCA's wildlife hospital after being found badly injured in Redbank Plains. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Mr Marcon said animal abuse was one the primary indicators of sociopathic and sometimes psychotic behaviour.

"When children are cruel to animals, they are showing that they have no empathetic connection to another living being's pain and hurt," he said.

"And if they don't work on it, it could become a real problem later in life."

To further protect wildlife from injury, Mr Beatty also appealed to dog owners to have their pets contained.

His comment came after one of the other echidnas was attacked, apparently by a dog, in Redbank Plains.

Mr Beatty said it was in a dog's nature to chase local wildlife, so owners had to take care in keeping them in the yard or restrained when outside.

All four echidnas are alive and recovering at RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Wacol.



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