A hedgehog was rescued by the RSPCA after he had got himself tangled in netting used to cover a household recycling box.
“As hedgehogs are nocturnal, they may have been trapped and struggling all night and so by the time they are found in the morning, they can have very serious injuries, be exhausted and dehydrated and often need veterinary attention to sedate them and remove all the netting.
Other forms of garden netting, like pond or fruit netting, can be a real hazard to wild animals like hedgehogs and the RSPCA recommends replacing these with solid metal mesh where possible, or rolling the net up above the floor so hedgehogs can pass underneath, or taking it down and storing it safely, if it is no longer required..
Sports netting is also a hazard to wildlife and the RSPCA urges people to put away tennis nets and goal nets away after use.
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