At about 7pm on January 13, Eumundi Police were patrolling the area, when they saw what they thought was an injured bird being blown across the Bruce Highway by a passing car.
Imagine their surprise when they turned around to investigate and found little Connie, a baby platypus instead.
It is believed that the creek Connie was living in had dried out and she needed a safe environment to recover.
Senior Constable Craig Hughes said he used his police vest to cover the little critter and took her to a wildlife rehabilitation centre for her injuries.
“The wonderful vets conducted a preliminary check on Connie and then asked for assistance to get her to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for further treatment,” Senior Constable Hughes said.
Eumundi Police swung into action and organised to meet Beerwah officers half way to get Connie to the wildlife hospital where she was nursed back to health.
Last week, Senior Constable Hughes was asked by the Wildlife Hospital team to come along as they released her in a more suitable habitat.
Acting Sergeant Jo Moore from Beerwah Police Station said she was extremely pleased that Connie had regained her strength.
“It is wonderful to hear that Connie has been released,” Acting Sergeant Moore said.
“It’s not every day we get to escort a baby platypus.”
Thanks to the fantastic staff from the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital who cared for Connie and ensured she was well enough to return home.