Vets help echidna Matilda lick ant allergy

Mail Online | 7/4/2015 | Australian Associated Press;Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
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With bulging, puffy eyes, inflamed skin and bald patches, Matilda the echidna has become a medical marvel.

She now holds the title as the world's only echidna – also known as a spiny anteater – to be allergic to ants, which is her sole food source.

Melbourne - Healesville - Sanctuary - Baby - Burrow

She first arrived at Melbourne's Healesville Sanctuary as a baby after her burrow was accidentally dug up at a nearby property.

So when vets noticed eye and skin changes almost two years later they set to find out what was wrong and the results surprised even the most seasoned campaigners.

Vet - Claire - Madden - Allergy - Kind

Sanctuary vet Claire Madden said her allergy was bizarre and the first of its kind recorded in the world.

'Ants make up 100 per cent of their diet, with some dirt,' she said.

Bit - Shock - Finding

'So understandably we were in a bit of shock at the finding.'

Without an option of an alternative diet, veterinary dermatologists at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre developed two...
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