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Obese echidna survives run-in with passing car

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A massive echidna has required medical attention after being clipped by a car in Tasmania.

A massive female echidna has required medical attention after being clipped by a car in Tasmania.

The overweight mammal was treated at the Bonorong Sanctuary in Brighton for minor bruises after being found in Westbury in the state's central north bleeding from its beak.

Bonorong Sanctuary owner Greg Irons said the echidna was initially taken to a local vet before being taken to the sanctuary.

Mr Irons said she was the largest echidna he had seen, weighing 4.7kgs. He said echidnas normally weigh around "high 2kgs or early 3kgs".

He said it was common for the animals to store up fat ahead for winter, but given it's still summer her weight was unusual. He joked she had been "hanging around McDonald's too much" and "was on a good wicket".

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"Echinda's do pretty well," he told nine.com.au.

"We do get a lot of them. A lot of dog attacks. Not as many hit by cars."

Bonorong Sanctuary posted a photo showing the sedated echidna online, garnering sweet responses on Twitter.

"What a little porka, isn't he gorgeous, look at the little face like awwwww," one Twitter user wrote.

"She is divine! A splendidly plump and furry echidna," another wrote.

"Heartfelt thanks to whoever saved her," yet another wrote.

Others offered a tongue-in-cheek response to the spikey patient.

"Are you sure that is not a wombat in an echidna costume?" one person wrote.

"I'm sure the car was totalled though," another wrote.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/animals-overweight-echinda-tasmania-clipped-by-car/1461bf37-612d-42dc-b6e4-3f5dfff7f18c

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