The man who stole an echidna from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary admits it happened after their hunt for crocodiles ended in frustration.
Tyson Paul Bothur and another unidentified man broke into the Sanctuary on the night of August 1 while severely intoxicated, hoping to find crocodiles.
But, when the pair couldn’t find any they decided to break into an echidna enclosure and pilfer one.
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The theft of “Piggie” quickly went viral, with security footage of her masked kidnappers posted on social media websites.
The four-year-old echidna was found safe and well within days and three men were charged over the incident.
In Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Bothur pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
The 20-year-old was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay 740-dollars in vet fees after stealing Piggie.