Bottle shop in northern NSW receives a late-night visit from a very thirsty echidna

Had a spikey night, mate? Adorable moment an mischievous echidna wanders into a bottle shop – and causes total CHAOS

  • The mischievous echidna broke into the Kyogle BWS in northern NSW last week
  • Spiky intruder knocked over cases of alcohol with glass strewn across the store
  • Brazen animal fell asleep under a shelf of champagne following the rampage
  • Shocked employee assumed bottle shop had been broken into and vandalised

A bottle shop has received a late-night visit from a very thirsty echidna. 

The spiky intruder broke into the Kyogle BWS in northern NSW last week and immediately embarked on a path of mass destruction. 

The mischievous echidna was caught on CCTV nonchalantly peering into the beer fridge and checking out cases of wine and champagne. 

The spiky intruder broke into the Kyogle BWS in northern NSW last week and immediately embarked on a path of mass destruction

The brazen animal managed to knock over multiple bottles of vodka and liquor as it browsed and left shards of glass strewn across the aisles. 

The cheeky critter was discovered the next morning by a shocked employee who had assumed the store had been broken into and vandalised. 

He found the sleepy echidna curled up underneath a shelf of champagne and called WIRES to relocate the intruder. 

Rescuing an echidna can be difficult as the animal are able to move their spines individually and can wedge themselves into extremely tight corners. 

Extracting the animal without causing injury can prove tiresome, with this particular troublemaker found in no hurry to move after it was coaxed by volunteers.

The brazen animal managed to knock over multiple bottles of vodka and liquor as it browsed and left shards of glass strewn across the aisles

The brazen animal managed to knock over multiple bottles of vodka and liquor as it browsed and left shards of glass strewn across the aisles

The mischievous echidna was caught on CCTV nonchalantly peering into the beer fridge and checking out cases of wine and champagne

The mischievous echidna was caught on CCTV nonchalantly peering into the beer fridge and checking out cases of wine and champagne

‘WIRES volunteer Rebecca is fortunately trained in how to encourage an echidna to give up its grasp and soon had the intruder dislodged from below the shelving’, WIRES Northern Rivers said in a post on Facebook. 

The organisation confirmed the animal had been examined post-rampage with no injuries found and had been released into the wild well away from the store.   

‘The echidna moved away in a straight line, it had obviously not consumed too much Champagne during the night,’ the post read. 

‘Thank you to the staff of Kyogle BWS bottle shop for calling WIRES, we hope the offender had learnt its lesson and will not Break and Enter again.’ 

BWS reposted the adorable CCTV footage on its Facebook page, captioning the video: ‘Tell me you’re thirsty without telling me you’re thirsty.’

‘Local echidna in Kyogle NSW knows where the drinks are at.’

WIRES Northern Rivers confirmed the animal had been examined post-rampage with no injuries found and had been released into the wild well away from the store

WIRES Northern Rivers confirmed the animal had been examined post-rampage with no injuries found and had been released into the wild well away from the store

Social media users flocked to the comments to share their thoughts on the unusual intruder. 

‘Careful he doesn’t spike your drink,’ one user joked. 

‘Good story, happy ending. Not so much for the shop owner, what a mess to clean up,’ another commented. 

‘What, no RBT before it had to leave?,’ a third said. 

‘Winter is when echidnas get active, probably a macropod with a drinking problem,’ another used shared. 

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