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Rare albino echidna gets new home in Australia

18 October 2012 Last updated at 12:49 BST

A rare albino echidna has been released after being rescued on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia.

'Casper' was found by the side of a busy road two weeks ago, and has been recuperating with carers since.

His new home is Tidbinbilla, a protected nature reserve away from traffic, where it is hoped he will find a mate.

Echidnas are egg-laying mammals which use their long noses and tongues to eat ants and termites.

Brett McNamara, Australian Capital Territory Parks and Conservation Ranger, explains the rare find.