IN a dramatic rescue mission, ACT Police and a group of volunteer wildlife rescuers saved an echidna stuck in a storm water drain on Isabella Drive.

Police helped slow down the oncoming traffic, while a Senior Constable manipulated the “meddling monotreme” out of the drain, and released it into a nearby green area, a safe distance from the road.

Inspector Rod Anderson said he is incredibly proud of his officers for stepping up for the community and showing them that the police are always here to help.

“A lot of the time people think we are here just to fight crime, but policing is so much more than that,” says Inspector Anderson.

“We are also part of this community and sometimes the prickly situations we face don’t always involve people.”

ACT Policing says they are here to protect and preserve life, property and the environment (spiky or not).

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