Tuggeranong police officers never imagined the prickly situation they’d uncover when they came across a group of Canberrans “interfering” with a storm drain along Isabella Drive.
Turns out the group were volunteer wildlife rescuers trying to rescue an echidna stuck inside the stormwater drain.
The officers slowed traffic, with one senior constable managing to manipulate the monotreme from the drain before releasing it into a nearby greenbelt area away from the road.
Officer in Charge of Tuggeranong Station Inspector Rod Anderson was “incredibly proud” of his officers for showing the community that police were always on hand to help.
“A lot of the time, people think we are here just to fight crime, but policing is so much more than that,” he said.
“We are also part of this community and sometimes the prickly situations we face don’t always involve people.”
If you find an injured animal, call ACT Wildlife on 0432 300 033. To report injured kangaroos, call 13 22 81.