A hedgehog was rescued by the RSPCA after he got tangled in goal netting in Liverpool.
The rescue has prompted the RSPCA to remind people about the dangers garden netting can pose to wildlife.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Matt Brown rescued the hog from a house in Lyndene Road on Monday (21 August).
Thankfully the hedgehog did not suffer any major injuries from the incident and was transferred to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Cheshire.
Matt said: “The hedgehog had gotten the top half of his body tangled and he had been trying to free himself. When he was found, it looked as though he was running low on energy.
“This hedgehog was very lucky, because sadly we do get called to a lot of incidents where wildlife have got themselves caught in sports netting and as a result suffer fatal injuries from struggling to get themselves free.
“We think it is so important to get the message out there that netting can be hazardous to wildlife. We tend to find that it is nocturnal animals like hedgehogs, foxes and badgers which get tangled during the night, but we have also rescued birds and deers from sports netting too.
“As some of these animals are generally nocturnal, they have normally been trapped and struggling all night and so by the time they are found in the morning, they can have very serious injuries and often need veterinary attention to sedate them and remove all the netting.
“So please help us to help keep wildlife safe by putting away your sports nets when you have finished playing. It only takes a few minutes and it could save an animal from suffering.”
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.
If you encounter a wild animal caught in netting, call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line as soon as you can on 0300 1234 999.
For more advice on how to make your garden wildlife-friendly, have a look at our “Living with” factsheets on the RSPCA website at www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/livingwith
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).