PhD student Trish LeeHong shows a puggle to shoppers at Woolworths’ Plainland store.
PhD student Trish LeeHong shows a puggle to shoppers at Woolworths’ Plainland store. Jim Nicholls

Precious puggles in good hands

SHOPPERS at Woolworths' Plainland store last Thursday were treated to an unusual sight.

Trish LeeHong from the Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education Association (WRREA), who was on hand to receive a donation from the joint Woolies and Salvation Army local community assistance program, brought two of her charges with her.

Puggles - baby echidnas - known as P9 and P10, 40 and 30 days old respectively, stole the show when they made their appearance.

Ms LeeHong who is undertaking her PhD in echidna research said the tiny creatures were an essential part of her studies.

"I feel really privileged to be caring for baby echidnas; they are special little animals and not many people get the chance to do this sort of thing," she said.

Anyone who finds a live or dead echidna should call Ms LeeHong on 4630 5208 or 0407 028 540.



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