Community Service for man who posted selfie with stolen echidna

THE man who dobbed himself in by posting a selfie with an echidna stolen from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been ordered to do community service.

Luke Rye, 25, uploaded the photos on to social media back in August, as authorities searched for ‘Piggie’.

He has pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving tainted property and two unrelated drugs charges in Southport Magistrates Court.


A charge of animal cruelty and an unrelated charge of unlawful possession of weapons was dismissed.

Piggie was taken under the cover of darkness from the wildlife park back in August. His two co-accused admitted guilt earlier this month.

One was ordered to pay $740 in compensation for veterinary bills incurred by the sanctuary upon Piggie’s safe return.