A hedgehog had a harrowing experience after he got trapped in between a fencing panel and a post – and then got attacked by a dog.
Thankfully, despite having a gaping wound on the side of his body, the hedgehog was successfully rescued by the RSPCA – and is now recovering at the animal welfare charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin was called to the incident in Orme Road, in Newcastle, Staffordshire, on Thursday, 4 August.
She said: “The poor hedgehog had got himself wedged between a fence panel and a post and was struggling to get out. He was really suffering and must have used up so much energy trying to get out as he was panting heavily when I arrived.
“Sadly he had a large gaping wound on his side and blood was visible, as while he was stuck a dog had found him and, being curious, started to paw at him.
“I was really concerned about the hedgehog and tried to free him, however it became obvious that I would need extra help from the fire service to free him.”
The hedgehog was freed after Staffordshire Fire and Rescue arrived and used force to pull the fence apart.
Inspector Melvin took the hedgehog immediately to Stapeley Grange, where staff stitched him up and monitored him. Centre Manager Lee Stewart has since reported back that the hedgehog is doing really well and the team are hopeful that he will make a full recovery and will be returned to the wild.
Inspector Melvin said: “We are very grateful to the woman who noticed the hedgehog for contacting us and it is good to know that there are people who are looking out for the animals. The woman did the right thing in contacting the RSPCA and because of her quick thinking, the hedgehog was safely rescued and is now recovery, rather than suffering a horrible death.”
Anyone who sees an animal in distress should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
For tips on making your garden hedgehog-friendly, read the RSPCA’s “Living With Hedgehogs” factsheet online at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/livingwith.
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