A hedgehog was rescued by the RSPCA after he had got himself tangled in netting used to cover a household recycling box.

HH nov 2016 2Now the animal welfare charity is urging people to avoid using the netting if possible as it can be harmful to wildlife.
RSPCA inspector Helen Mead was called to rescue the hog from the box outside a house in Pelican Place, in Witney, Oxfordshire, on Saturday (26 November).
“The hedgehog had managed to get himself completely tangled around his body and had been struggling to get free,” said Inspector Mead.
“Thankfully, he didn’t have any injuries from the incident and he was taken to a local wildlife centre to be fully checked over. He was very lucky, as we do regularly get called to incidents where the animal tangled in netting is injured seriously, sometimes fatally.
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“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.

 “We do urge people to avoid using this netting if possible as it can be harmful to wildlife, as well as other animals, particularly if they are attracted to leftover bits of food which may be among the recycling and use a solid lid instead to cover these boxes.”

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.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)